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New cabinet member for environment

Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Cllr Nigel Moor as its new cabinet member responsible for the environment.

The initial motion from Cllr Rachel Smith (Minchinhampton, Green) saw the county council's chair Cllr Andrew Gravells (Abbeydale, Cons) agree to an extraordinary meeting to consider a new cabinet member for climate change.

Ahead of the council meeting, the Conservative cabinet announced plans for the return of a dedicated cabinet member for environment and planning, who will lead on climate change as well as coordinate the county council's strategies on a number of key topics, including Vision 2050.

A new cabinet post for public protection, libraries and parking has also been created to bring together frontline services in a single portfolio under Cllr Dave Norman (Grange and Kingsway, Cons).

Cllr Rachel Smith, said: "I brought this motion to council because of the real dangers of the changing climate which are already impacting on the county council, its services, and local residents. It is clear that we, as a council, need to do what we can to tackle the issue urgently, and with clear and visible leadership.

"I'm encouraged by the decision to appoint a cabinet member responsible for climate change and look forward to working alongside Cllr Moor in his new role."

Cllr Nigel Moor (Stow on the Wold, Cons), the new cabinet member for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity and will help to build on the excellent work already carried out by the county.

"There is so much potential for our county and my new job will be making sure we get the right plans in place, now and for the future".

Cllr Dave Norman, newly appointed cabinet member for public protection, libraries and parking at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I'm very proud to be taking up this position within the county council.

"It will help to make sure that we continue to deliver a first class service to residents and communities, and I am looking forward to getting started."

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, leader of the Liberal Democrat party at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I can fondly look back at the summer of 1976, but it is clear that these heatwaves are becoming more regular and we must look to tackle climate change.

"I support the decision to appoint a cabinet member for the climate, and the motion proposed by the Green party. It is a positive step forward."

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