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NEW SALFORD COUNCIL CABINET SEES SAME OLD FACES
 

Star date: 11th May 2016

LANCASTER, HINDS, ANTROBUS, MERRY...13 PAID EXECS...TWO DEPUTY MAYORS...AND A REVOLVING HOUSING DOOR...

New Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has announced his `fresh' Cabinet, with many of the same old faces still there in the thick of it. Bill Hinds stays as `lead member' for Finance, Derek Antrobus stays as head of Planning, and David Lancaster has incredibly been handed the job as head of Environment, given his controversial involvement in the Hill Top Moss green space sell-off.

Meanwhile, amongst the 13 paid `executive' and `executive support' positions, there's two Deputy Mayors - John Merry (Deputy) and Paula Boshell (Statutory Deputy?) -, and Paul Longshaw, previously the council officer in charge of the Pendleton Together project, is now `lead member' for Housing.

Full details here...


Salford Councillor David Lancaster receives his brown envelope on being re-elected Salford Councillor Derek Antrobus receives his brown envelope on being re-elected Salford Council Cabinet
Salford Councillor Paul Longshaw
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The same old faces punctuate the new Salford City Council Cabinet, as City Mayor, Paul Dennett, announced his team today, with 13 paid positionsnot too dissimilar to the previous Mayor's 13 `Assistant Mayor' posse.

Bill Hinds stays as `lead member' for Finance and Support Services, Derek Antrobus stays as head of Planning and Sustainable Development, while previous Deputy Mayor, David Lancaster, who many thought would be put out to grass, has been literally put out to grass with his new job as lead member for Environment and Community Safety...

...This is an incredible appointment, given the controversy over Lancaster's involvement in the sell-off of Hill Top Moss green space in Walkden. The case is still with the Information Commissioner, who has ruled that secret documents surrounding the sale have been withheld (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Also still around from the previous Mayor's Cabinet are John Merry, who has been moved from Children's Services to Deputy City Mayor, and Paula Boshell who is now Statutory Deputy City Mayor...you what?. Lisa Stone, who was also in the previous Cabinet is now lead member for Children's and Young People's Services.

Meanwhile, Paul Longshaw, the Salford Council officer who headed up the Pendleton Together project - with its NIBE heating scandal and shocking refurbishment conditions (see here and see here) – resigned shortly before May to become the Labour Party candidate for the same Langworthy ward. He subsequently got elected and has now been wazzed straight into the Cabinet as lead member for Housing and Neighbourhoods. Whether he can adequately represent residents with grievances against Pendelton Together and the Council is yet to be seen.

Making up the rest of the nine person Cabinet is veteran anti-Salford Star councillor* John Ferguson who becomes lead member for Workforce and Industrial Relations, and Tracy Kelly who becomes lead member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing.

It is also being reported that there will be a further four `executive support' councillors, together with suitable allowances, making 13 paid appointments.

Expect no change in how Salford City Council operates.

Happy in Salford wrote
at 06:41:25 on 13 May 2016
Agree wholeheartedly with Inside Out. Who did you want him to choose? He needs an experienced cabinet but he's also brought in fresh blood. As far as the labour hating Salford star goes he's dammed either way. Mr Felse, I have to agree with lots of your current sentiments. It's very easy to criticise but why keep doing that when we can get behind them and support them to change! I for one am very hopeful of change and if the rest of you aren't then it's not too far from Tory run Trafford ;)
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 11:58:52 on 12 May 2016
As I am Labour's most hated I have to say I agree with all the names chosen by Mayor Dennett. Experience and diversity show he is looking to shape Salford into a fit City. We can fight him all the way or we can embrace his determination to engage. Salford is torn apart, devastated by Tory cuts but I choose to help save Salford. It is my home. I want to be proud. I am not going to be a stick in the mud. I urge others to make such a difference.
 
RayofSunshine wrote
at 09:37:15 on 12 May 2016
Can anyone tell me please, apart from being a media tart , what merits does Michael F else have? The suggestion that he should have a formal role within the council convinces me that contrary to received wisdom, "satire is not dead"!
 
mary Ferrer wrote
at 08:00:21 on 12 May 2016
Question, this Paul longshaw,what houses is he lead member for.thought we had sold/given away all our housing stock. Would like to know with all these posts,what salary on top of their councillors wages they will be getting
 
life is loud wrote
at 20:09:49 on 11 May 2016
No one wants the jobs that's why its the same faces
 
norfolkandgood wrote
at 20:09:45 on 11 May 2016
Sounds an like old familiar story to me I'm afraid and I'm not surprised...Leicester City Council has an elected mayor too and he uses his cronies the same way Salford does.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 20:09:39 on 11 May 2016
A whopping victory for Tory lite and privatised council services
 
chris kelsall wrote
at 18:43:14 on 11 May 2016
Same old story jobs for the boys......
 
rey wrote
at 18:43:05 on 11 May 2016
I would like to know if the appointment of Paul Longshaw is in fact illegal? Does anyone know the laws of conflict of interest? Would the Legal team at the council investigate? It might be okay for all I know, just seems very improper?
 
Inside Out wrote
at 18:42:58 on 11 May 2016
The Star has nowhere to go on this. The implication is that there ought to have been 'fresh' faces. Other than currently elected members where exactly does the Star see them as coming from then? It makes them look faintly silly and arguing for the sake of arguing. If they disagree with the choices made then say explicitly who it ought to have been from the choices available. There's a sense in which, if he had chosen new names, he'd have then been criticised for choosing inexperience. If he'd chosen a mix then he'd have been criticised for not going far enough.
 
wrote
at 18:42:24 on 11 May 2016
All citizens of Salford should be grateful that Michael James Felse is around to have an influence on the mayor and council. Surely they could find some permanent advisory position for him, so that he can continue the good work.
 
wrote
at 16:04:03 on 11 May 2016
How much are they each getting paid?
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 15:25:18 on 11 May 2016
Congratulations to each. I am pleased to see my suggestion to have 2 deputy mayors had been actioned to provide extra top level attention across service provision.
 
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