Council boss Martin Tett axes four members of his cabinet following leadership challenge

Martin Tett
Martin Tett
  • County council leader Martin Tett has announced new his cabinet
  • Mike Appleyard will continue as deputy leader
  • Mr Tett added that protecting vulnerable adults and children was one of the council’s top priorities
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Bucks County Council leader Martin Tett has axed four senior politicians from his top table in a sweeping cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Tett survived a leadership challenge from Peter Hardy last week and his beaten rival has now lost his cabinet position in resources, replaced by John Chilver.

We’re at the midpoint in the life of this council and it’s the right time to refresh the cabinet

Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council

Gone too are Ruth Vigor-Hedderly (transport), who is being replaced by Mark Shaw; Lesley Clarke (planning and environment), who is being replaced by Warren Whyte; and Patricia Birchley (health and wellbeing), whose role is now being taken on by deputy leader Mike Appleyard.

Mr Appleyard’s previous education brief now has Zahir Mohammed at the helm.

Lin Hazell remains in charge of children’s services.

​Mr Tett said: “We’re at the midpoint in the life of this council and it’s the right time to refresh the cabinet, to give opportunity for new talent to shine, and show what they can deliver.’

He said the council continued to face a financial challenge of reducing budgets against increasing demands, particularly for the protection of vulnerable children and adults.

He said: “Protecting the most vulnerable remains one of my personal top priorities, and that of the county council.

“Our continuing priority is to restore our roads to a reasonable condition, and on top of the £25 million committed this year, we’re releasing £3 million from reserves to resurface sections of around 300 minor rural roads.’

Cllr Tett added that the county council had made great strides in the past four years with an investment of nearly £70 million, and was committing £45 million in the coming three years to the roads in Bucks.