To receive a verbal update on appointments.
Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, echoed the sentiments expressed by the Chairman in thanking officers for all they had been doing throughout the pandemic. This had been an extraordinary effort by all.
Councillor Archibald was sad to announce that Councillor Eric Morrell had informed him and officers that this would be his last Council meeting and that he would be resigning from the Authority at the end of the month. Eric had been a past, even-handed Chairman of the Council and also a terrific Cabinet Member. Councillor Archibald, however, understood Eric’s decision to step down and he offered Eric his heartfelt thanks for his public service.
Councillor Tom Harvey, Leader of the Conservative Group, took the opportunity to inform Council of a recent change in appointments to the Shadow Executive. Councillor Pat Bell had joined the Shadow Executive in place of Councillor Janette Jenkinson. Councillor Harvey felt that Councillor Bell would bring a great new perspective to the Shadow Executive. Councillor Harvey paid tribute to the work of Councillor Jenkinson who had made a tremendous contribution to the Shadow Executive over the past few years and who would continue to do so in her role as a councillor. He further expressed thanks to Councillor Morrell for his service. Councillors Harvey and Morrell had previously worked together as ward colleagues in Grange and Councillor Harvey said that Councillor Morrell’s departure would be a huge loss to the Council.
Councillor Harvey drew attention to a further resignation from the Council from the Council, that of Anne Hall, and read out her letter of resignation. She stated that, since the Council had moved to three-Member Wards, she had found that she was unable to do justice to the eleven councils and communities within her patch. In addition, having been removed as one of the Council’s appointees on the Lake District National Park Authority and the Housing Advisory Group, and with no place on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, she felt unable to influence decisions. Furthermore, she felt that her strength was in face to face, two way dialogue and that communication via electronic means was not her way of working. Anne felt it was time to move on and instead to provide her assistance voluntarily to local communities and continue to help keep young people in the Lakes.
Councillor Archibald asked that the Council’s thanks for Anne’s service be passed on. Anne had been respected by all political groups and had made a wonderful contribution which, Councillor Archibald believed, she would continue to do through her voluntary work.
Councillor Archibald also expressed thanks to Councillor Jenkinson for her work as a Shadow Executive Member and welcomed Councillor Bell into her new role.
Councillor Archibald explained that the two resignations resulted in a change in the political balance on committees, with the membership of the Planning Committee due to be considered later in the Agenda. He, therefore, formally asked officers to bring a report on the political balance of the other committees to the next meeting of the Council.
The Chairman, on behalf of all Members, also paid tribute to both Councillor Eric Morrell and to Anne Hall and thanked Councillor Jenkinson for her contribution as a Shadow Cabinet Member.