Eddie is King of the Road as Harlow Tory to head road maintenance at Essex County Council

Politics / Tue 5th Aug 2014 at 12:04pm

HARLOW councillor, Eddie Johnson is set to head up road improvements in the county including Harlow.

The Great Parndon councillor is also an Essex County councillor and with the challenges of roads in Harlow being high on residents and road users agenda, it may be interesting times for cllr Johnson.

Here is the full list of changes at Essex County Council


The Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, has announced changes to his cabinet.

The changes are designed to help the Council respond to the future challenges it will face while continuing to provide effective services and value for money for Essex residents and businesses.

Cllr Finch said: “I want to pay tribute for the dedication and service of all of those who are leaving the Cabinet. In a high pressure role they have worked tirelessly for the people of Essex and deserve our thanks.

“The changes I have announced today will bring fresh thinking to help us face head-on the huge challenges ahead of us and make the tough choices we may need to solve them. Essex residents can rest assured we will continue to listen to their views before making these decisions, but we will not shirk from them if they need to be made.

“Our focus remains on economic growth, health and wellbeing for stronger communities, and reforming public services to deliver better value for money while protecting vulnerable people.”

Cabinet changes, which will take affect from 1 September, are:

Portfolio title

Cabinet Member

Deputy Cabinet Member


Cllr David Finch

Cllr Anthony Jackson

Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Waste and Recycling

Cllr Kevin Bentley

Cllr Penny Channer

Cllr Malcolm Buckley


Cllr John Spence

Cllr Valerie Metcalfe

Highways and Transportation

Cllr Rodney Bass

Cllr Ray Howard

Highways Maintenance and Small Scheme Delivery

Cllr Eddie Johnson

Transformation and Corporate & Traded Services

Cllr Derrick Louis

Adult Social Care, Public Health and Wellbeing

Cllr Anne Brown

Cllr Terry Cutmore

Cllr Malcolm Maddocks

Education and lifelong learning

Cllr Ray Gooding

Cllr Sue Lissimore

Children and Families

Cllr Dick Madden

Cllr Ricki Gadsby

Libraries, Communities and Planning

Cllr Roger Hirst

Cllr Kay Twitchen

Cllr Mick Page

Cllr Ann Naylor said: “I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve Essex residents and I look forward to carrying on working for the community. In cabinet roles leading adults social care and public health, I have worked hard with colleagues to tackle some of our big problem areas.

“However, as well as the difficult decisions, it has been my privilege to work on fantastic events such as the Tour de France coming to Essex and on the development of our Olympic legacy.”

Cllr Roger Walters said: “Leading ECC’s work on exposing and prosecuting rogue traders has helped keep residents safe, and I am delighted to be able to continue that work away from Cabinet.

“I am also proud of the partnerships I have developed during my time in Cabinet, and trust they will keep working to deal responsibly with the growing challenge of dealing with our waste and keeping the environment green.”

Cllr John Jowers said: “I am proud to leave the cabinet as a cabinet member who has opened new libraries. In the course of my work I have met thousands of community activists and representatives and I should like to pay tribute to them and the work they are doing to help strengthen our communities.”

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