WILTSHIRE councillor Pauline Church has stepped down from her role in the cabinet.

She will no longer be Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for finance, procurement, commissioning, IT, digital and commercialisation due to business commitments.

However, Cllr Church, who has been a member of the cabinet since 2018, will continue as a councillor for Wilton.

Cllr Church said: “It’s been a huge honour and privilege to be part of Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet for the last four years and I have worked tirelessly in the roles I have held. While my business is going through a period of growth I must focus on that at this time to ensure it is manageable and sustainable.

“Despite standing down from cabinet, I will continue in my role as a division councillor and support the residents of Wilton, Quidhampton and Netherhampton to ensure the best outcomes for the community.”

Council leader Richard Clewer thanked her for her service and “great commitment” to the role adding: “Cllr Church has worked tremendously hard with officers and other cabinet members this year to ensure we will be able to set a balanced budget which will deliver the best outcomes for residents and businesses across Wiltshire.

"At this time I will take on the finance portfolio until after the budget for 2022/2023 has been set and will then review cabinet positions.”

Cllr Ashley O’Neill will be taking on responsibility for governance, IT, broadband and digital.

While Cllr Ian Blair Pilling will be taking on responsibility for public health and public protection, which the council says is to ensure a closer alignment with its leisure centres and health and wellbeing priorities.

Cllr Nic Puntis was appointed as Portfolio Holder for Flooding.


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