A district councillor responsible for the Pulhams and Starston has joined South Norfolk Council’s new cabinet.
Clayton Hudson, a Pulham St Mary resident and councillor for the Beck Vale ward, has been confirmed as cabinet member for Stronger Communities and Leisure following a meeting on Monday.
Mr Hudson, first elected to the council in 2015, said his responsibilities would extend to community grants and events, the leisure centres in Diss, Long Stratton and Wymondham, as well as continuing to press for superfast broadband for all in south Norfolk.
“I am very pleased,” he said. “I am a relatively new member in south Norfolk, so I am looking to continue the good work in Beck Vale and take on the Community and Leisure portfolios, and represent every single person in south Norfolk.
“Because we live in a relatively rural area there are still quite a lot of people who have not got superfast broadband.
“I will continue forward to change that, working with Norfolk County Council.”
I am a relatively new member in South Norfolk, so I am looking to continue the good work in Beck Vale and take on the Community and Leisure portfolios, and represent every single person in south NorfolkClayton Hudson
Mr Hudson said despite being elected only a year ago he had previous experience as a member of another authority before moving back to Norfolk in 2012, adding: “I want to progress, I think everybody wants to progress, whether it is in work or politics.”
Council leader John Fuller also put on record his thanks to Martin Wilby, district councillor for the Dickleburgh ward, who stood down from the cabinet.
Councillor Fuller told the new cabinet: “It is a privilege to lead this council and our cabinet has good reason to be proud to be accountable for one of the highest and best performing councils in the country.
“The fact that we are held in such high regard is down to the hard work of both our councillors and staff who take a pride in making south Norfolk one of the best places to live and work in the country.”
The new cabinet is; John Fuller, Leader, with responsibility for Economy and External Affairs; Michael Edney, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Finance and Resources; Yvonne Bendle, Housing, Wellbeing and Early Intervention; Kay Mason Billig, Growth, Infrastructure and Environment; Lee Hornby, responsible for Regulation and Public Safety.