Councillor Helen Kane is elected Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.
At the first ever virtual Annual Council meeting on Thursday 21 May, councillors and officers logged in from their homes.
Councillor Jo Shere-Bernia is the Council’s new Vice-Chairman. Councillor Chris Whitbread was re-elected Leader of Council and Councillor Nigel Bedford appointed deputy leader.
Handing over his chain of office, outgoing Chairman Richard Bassett said he and his wife Sue had enjoyed 2 years in the role, describing it as a tremendous time.
Councillor Bassett said:
I tried to attend as many things as possible and met an amazing number of wonderful people.
Chairman Helen Kane
Cllr Kane’s nomination as Chairman was proposed by Councillor Jeane Lea and seconded by Chris Whitbread with unanimous approval across the Chamber
Accepting the role, Cllr Kane said because of social distancing it would be some time before she could start attending events or fundraising. So this year she has decided not to support one or two specific charities but to concentrate on the many smaller charities and community groups that are working so hard across the district helping others through the COVID crisis.
Chairman Cllr Helen Kane said:
We owe a lot of thanks to many people, our refuse collectors, postmen and all those on the frontline as well as our officers who are mostly working from home at this time.
They are doing an excellent job issuing business grants, food parcels and setting up and running these virtual meetings for councillors, all on top of doing their normal work.
Cllr Kane first became involved in local politics in 2009 as a Waltham Abbey Town Councillor and served as the Town Mayor for 2 consecutive years. She was elected to Epping Forest District in 2012.
In 2014 she became Portfolio holder of Leisure and Community, seeing the refurbishment of the Museum, a brand-new swimming pool in Waltham Abbey, extension of the Loughton leisure centre and refurbishment of the rest of the leisure centres in the district.
Annual Council meeting
Other key appointments
- Leader – Cllr Chris Whitbread
- Deputy Leader – Cllr Nigel Bedford
- Customer & Corporate Support Services – Cllr Sam Kane
- Commercial & Regulatory Services – Cllr Aniket Patel
- Environmental & Technical Services – Cllr Nigel Avey
- Finance & Economic Development – Cllr John Philip
- Housing & Community – Cllr Holly Whitbread
- Planning & Sustainability – Cllr Nigel Bedford
Area Planning Sub-Committee East
- Chairman – Cllr Paul Keska
Area Planning Sub-Committee West
- Chairman – Cllr David Dorrell
Area Planning Sub-Committee South
- Chairman – Cllr Jo Share-Bernia
District Development Management Committee
- Chairman – Cllr Sue Jones
Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Chairman – Cllr Mary Sartin
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