New leader lined up for Cheltenham
By Rob Freeman | 6th November 2020
The cabinet member for finance and assets will replace Councillor Steve Jordan, who announced in September he would be not be standing at the next elections.
Her appointment is subject to agreement at full meeting of the council on December 7.
She said: "This has been a time of great upheaval for us all. Our communities face many and varied challenges.
"Following a decision at December's council meeting, where I hope to be elected leader, I will work to ensure our communities are able to not just recover from the pandemic, but also prosper in a way that respects our environment too.
"My plan is to press ahead with some key projects that the council has led over the past few years under Steve's calm, diligent and ambitious leadership."
She continued: "The Golden Valley development will be an internationally significant hub for cyber security. Our investment in new homes for young people and families will continue, with £100million just the starting point.
"And the work of the Cheltenham Economic Recovery Task Force will ensure that business prospers.
"We also know there are challenges which we will plan for.
"The groundwork has been laid for the future success of our town. We have a plan to deliver it and under my calm, experienced leadership there will be no looking back."
The Liberal Democrat councillor for Oakley has served on the council since 2010 after a previous term from 2002-6.
Mr Jordan, who will continue as a ward councillor for All Saints until May, has been on the council for 30 years with the last 12 as leader.
The council's chief executive Gareth Edmundson said: "I'd like to welcome Rowena to the role of council leader.
"I very much look forward to working with her to achieve Cheltenham's ambition to make the borough the cyber capital of the UK, deliver inclusive growth, tackle child poverty and help everyone in Cheltenham to thrive.
"I'd also like to thank Steve for the many dedicated years of service he has given to Cheltenham."
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