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Cabinet members

The Cabinet is made up of 6 Councillors, all from the majority political group (Conservative) represented on the Council.

The Leader of the Council chairs the Cabinet and appoints the other five members.

The Cabinet is responsible for taking all decisions classed by the law as 'executive' decisions. Many of these decisions are taken at a meeting of the Cabinet.

The Forward Plan lists key decisions that are likely to be made by, or on behalf of, the Council's Cabinet.

Each Cabinet member has a portfolio, which is a list of the responsibilities assigned specifically to that member. Subject to certain conditions, individual Cabinet members are able to take decisions on matters within their portfolio.

Leader Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jill Cleary

List of the responsibilities:

  • political structures
  • employee engagement
  • corporate plan and performance
  • transformation
  • Solent Freeport
  • elections and electoral registration
  • resident insight
  • communications and design
  • health and safety
  • democratic services
  • key stakeholder engagement (HCC, NFNPA)

Planning and Economy ​​​Portfolio Holder, Cllr Derek Tipp

List of the responsibilities:

  • local plan
  • planning policy
  • development management
  • building control
  • street naming and numbering
  • listed buildings and conservation
  • land charges
  • town centre regeneration
  • Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
  • economic development and skills
  • support for New Forest businesses
  • high streets
  • Go New Forest liaison

Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder, Cllr Geoffrey Blunden

List of the responsibilities:

  • waste strategy
  • refuse and recycling collection
  • Streetscene, grounds maintenance and litter collection
  • bereavement services including cemeteries
  • parking strategy, car parking and operations
  • highways liaison including road closures
  • climate and sustainability
  • green infrastructure, nature recovery and biodiversity
  • land drainage
  • coastal protection
  • beach huts and Keyhaven Harbour
  • trees
  • open spaces
  • public conveniences
  • flytipping
  • abandoned vehicles
  • pest control

Housing and Homelessness Portfolio Holder, Cllr Steve Davies

List of the responsibilities:

  • housing strategy and development
  • housing maintenance and compliance
  • housing estates management
  • housing allocations and options
  • housing delivery and performance
  • homelessness
  • private sector housing including HMO licensing
  • disabled facilities grants
  • tenant engagement

Community, Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Cllr Dan Poole

List of the responsibilities:

  • community engagement and development including town and parish councils
  • health and wellbeing
  • culture and arts development
  • leisure and sports development
  • environmental health and regulatory services
  • licensing
  • community safety including Safer New Forest
  • anti-social behaviour
  • CCTV and careline
  • community grants and support
  • unauthorised encampments
  • welfare funerals
  • emergency planning including business continuity
  • PSPOs
  • assets of community value

Finance and Corporate Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jeremy Heron

List of the responsibilities:

  • medium term financial plan
  • finance and resources including treasury management
  • accountancy
  • revenue and benefits
  • estates and asset management
  • human resources
  • information governance, FOI and GDPR
  • investment strategy and oversight including Appletree Housing
  • facilities management
  • administration of government grant initiatives
  • ICT and digital strategy
  • customer strategy and services
  • legal services
  • procurement
  • health and leisure contract management
  • Eling Tide Mill
  • New Forest Enterprise Centre

We also publish the following details about the Cabinet:

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