New WDC chair as Lib Dems appoint new leader

Bucks Free Press: Cllr Lesley Clarke Cllr Lesley Clarke

A FORMER Wycombe District Council chief has been made its new chairman – as the Wycombe Liberal Democrats appoint a fresh leader.

Cllr Lesley Clarke will take over the chairmanship from Cllr Ian McEnnis, who moves from the hot-seat to serve as her deputy.

They are expected to attend more than 300 engagements and will be tasked with impartially chairing key meetings over the next 12 months.

WDC Leader Cllr Richard Scott named an unchanged Cabinet line-up for the year ahead at WDC’s Annual Meeting last night.

But the Lib Dems have made Bourne End Cllr Brian Pollock the group’s new leader with Cllr Matt Knight appointed his deputy.

Cllr Ian Bates will continue as the leader of the Wycombe Labour Group with Cllr Alan Turner heading up the Independent members on WDC.

Following the meeting, former councillors Peter Cartwright and Richard Pushman were both made Honorary Aldermen.

The honour is only given to a handful of people who must no longer be active district councillors who have given exceptional service over a minimum 15 year period to WDC or its former political set-up.

Mr Cartwright, a former Mayor of High Wycombe and chairman of the council, was first elected in 1976 before he retired in 2007.

Mr Pushman served on the council between 1987 and 2011. He is a former district and Buckinghamshire County Council chairman.

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1:49pm Tue 13 May 14

s6blr says...

All part and parcel of WDC's new Jobs for Mates for Life Programme.
All part and parcel of WDC's new Jobs for Mates for Life Programme. s6blr
  • Score: 12

4:02pm Tue 13 May 14

J B Blackett says...

Oh No. Ye gods and little fishes.
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Isn't Clarke is the one who tried to railroad through the Booker Football Stadium project (funded with £80Meg of local council tax )
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And all on behalf of her associate , the ex-owner of Wycombe Wanders - who seems to have gone underground.
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She appears to be too nice and accommodating , naive , wide-eyed , innocent , unworldly and easily deceived to be in charge of the complex affairs of Wycombe District governance . Isn't she still a County Councillor too ? How DO they really find the time ?
Oh No. Ye gods and little fishes. . Isn't Clarke is the one who tried to railroad through the Booker Football Stadium project (funded with £80Meg of local council tax ) . And all on behalf of her associate , the ex-owner of Wycombe Wanders - who seems to have gone underground. . She appears to be too nice and accommodating , naive , wide-eyed , innocent , unworldly and easily deceived to be in charge of the complex affairs of Wycombe District governance . Isn't she still a County Councillor too ? How DO they really find the time ? J B Blackett
  • Score: 9

9:23pm Tue 13 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Another case of polishing the turds and putting them back in the same place. The fact remains that they all stink ! The lot of them have no self respect let alone the respect of their constituents. These self centred, self serving crony excrements are worth nothing to me, no matter whom is shuffled around to where ever.
Another case of polishing the turds and putting them back in the same place. The fact remains that they all stink ! The lot of them have no self respect let alone the respect of their constituents. These self centred, self serving crony excrements are worth nothing to me, no matter whom is shuffled around to where ever. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 8

11:44pm Tue 13 May 14

BOOKERite says...

Lesley Clark is a prime example of all that is wrong with Wycombe District Council.
Lesley Clark is a prime example of all that is wrong with Wycombe District Council. BOOKERite
  • Score: 9

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