The new leader of Fylde Council says she is looking forward to the challenge.
Coun Sue Fazackerley was selected to take over from the previous leader, David Eaves, at a full council meeting last night.
Coun Eaves stepped down after four years at the helm but plans to continue as a councillor and will stand at the elections in May. Coun Fazackerley paid tribute to her predecessor, saying he was a “hard act to follow”.
Speaking after last night’s meeting, she said: “David and I worked very closely together when I was his deputy.
“I was shocked when he decided to step down.”
Coun Fazackerley was first elected to the council in 1987, spending the first 17 years on the back benches.
She joined the cabinet in 2006 and, since 2010, she has held the position of deputy leader.
Thanking Coun Eaves for his service, Coun Kevin Eastham, Mayor of Fylde, said: “We certainly appreciate the work, effort and time you have put in on our behalf.”