New highways cabinet member at County Hall

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A new cabinet member for highways and transport at West Sussex County Council has been announced.

Bob Lanzer (Con, Maidenbower) is set to take over from John O’Brien (Con, East Grinstead South and Ashurst Wood), who has decided to stand down.

Richard Burrett (Con, Pound Hill & Worth) is returning to the cabinet after an illness and will take over the corporate relations portfolio from Mr Lanzer.

Deputy leader Christine Field (Con, Lindfield and High Weald), cabinet member for community wellbeing, has also held the responsibility for the education portfolio since May and this arrangement will continue.

Jeremy Hunt (Con, Chichester North), cabinet member for finance, will continue to deal with school property issues in addition to his existing role.

The changes will take effect at the end of the Full Council meeting tomorrow (Friday October 21).

Mr O’Brien said: “It’s been my honour and privilege to serve the people of West Sussex as Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.

“My personal circumstances have changed and I no longer have the time to dedicate to this important role, which is why I have taken the decision to step down from it.

“I leave the portfolio in the very capable hands of councillor Bob Lanzer and wish him all the very best for the future.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of West Sussex for the interest, passion and enthusiasm they have shown for all highways and transport related issues and the dedication and loyalty of all the West Sussex County Council staff I have worked with in this role.”

The other three cabinet members remain.

They are David Barling, residents’ services, Peter Catchpole, adult social care and health, and Stephen Hillier, children - start of life.

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