Leader reveals his new cabinet faces

Blackpool Council leader, Coun Simon Blackburn, (below) Coun Amy Cross and Coun John Jones.
Blackpool Council leader, Coun Simon Blackburn, (below) Coun Amy Cross and Coun John Jones.
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NEW faces will grace the front bench at Blackpool Council after a reshuffle of top positions.

Town hall leader Coun Simon Blackburn has unveiled his new cabinet for the municipal year, which starts on May 13.

Coun Amy Cross

Coun Amy Cross

He said the introduction of new faces will “refresh” the council’s leadership.

He added: “Whilst continuity and stability form an important part of a successful administration, it is also vital to bring new ideas and new faces to the table on a regular basis.

“At this, the halfway point of our first administration, I have taken the opportunity to refresh the front bench and prepare us for the considerable challenges that we know we will face in the next two years.”

Coun Gary Coleman is set to stand down from regeneration and urban development due to work commitments, and Coun Gillian Campbell will take on responsibility for neighbourhoods in addition to her current position in housing and public protection.

Coun John Jones

Coun John Jones

Coun Blackburn has also named Coun Amy Cross as the new cabinet member for crime and community safety. She takes over from Coun Eddie Collett as he is due to be the next mayor of Blackpool.

Coun Cross was on the cabinet from 2011 for a year before stepping down for personal reasons. She said she hopes to work closely with Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw. She said: “I would like to make sure we continue along the lines of making sure the public are safe and able to rely on the council to support its communities.

“Blackpool, being as unique place as it is, has many issues, and I think it’s something which I will work closely on with my council colleagues and professionals on.”

Coun John Jones also joins the cabinet with responsibility for the towns’ highways, as Coun Fred Jackson moves to Urban Regeneration.

Coun Jones said: “As someone who uses the roads in Blackpool a lot I have a lot of sympathy for road users.
“I want to make sure people can get around Blackpool with some ease.”

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