Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough James Palmer (Con) has appointed two deputy mayors and allocated portfolios to his cabinet.
At a press conference yesterday he made Huntingdonshire DC leader Robin Howe (Con) deputy mayor with responsibility for the region’s economic and productivity strategy. Cllr Howe will also chair the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA’s investment group.
Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich (Con) has been appointed deputy mayor with responsibility for work with the local enterprise partnership to develop industry in the region, as well as tourism. He will chair the delivery group.
While under the Cities & Local Government Devolution Act 2016all new combined authroity mayors are required to appoint a deputy from among the leaders of the councils that make up the combined authority, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s governance arrangements require Mr Palmer to appoint two deputies.
Cambridgeshire CC leader Steve Count (Con), who competed with Mr Palmer to be selected as the Tory candidate for mayor and chaired the combined authority until earlier this year, will be responsible for strategic fiscal planning and the combined authority’s investment strategy.
South Cambridgeshire DC leader Peter Topping (Con) will be responsible for housing, while Charles Roberts (Con), deputy leader of East Cambridgeshire DC, has the transport and infrastructure portfolio and Fenland DC leader John Clark (Con) has the employment and skills brief.
Cambridge City Council leader Lewis Herbert, the only Labour leader within the combined authority, will be responsible for strategic planning and chair the combined authority’s Land Commission. Cllr Herbert will also have responsibility for energy and clean growth and “supporting disadvantaged communities… to benefit from growth”.