Labour councillors retain cabinet positions except Marie Pye who has been dropped as portfolio member for housing

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Newly elected mayor Terry Wheeler Newly elected mayor Terry Wheeler

Waltham Forest Council leader Chris Robbins has appointed his cabinet for the next four years.

The Grove Green ward councillor and council leader since 2009 was officially re-elected at the council's annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday.

During the Town Hall meeting, councillor Robbins announced the majority of cabinet members will remain the same, including councillor Clyde Loakes continuing his role as deputy leader.

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee has replaced councillor Marie Pye as the portfolio member for housing.

Labour councillor for Hoe Street Mark Rusling has been appointed as the cabinet member for children and young people, replacing High Street ward councillor Clare Coghill who will now take on the newly-formed role as portfolio lead member for economic growth and high streets.

Councillor's Liaquat Ali MBE, Ahsan Khan and Angie Bean will continue as lead members for community safety and cohesion, health and well-being and adult services respectively.

Long-serving Labour councillor of 30 years Terry Wheeler has been nominated and elected as the borough's mayor for the next 12 months.

Labour won a majority of 44 out of 60 seats at the local election on May 22.

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6:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Oh no.
Oh no. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Mon 16 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Oh yes. The people have spoken.
Oh yes. The people have spoken. stickmanny
  • Score: -5

6:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Megamix says...

Talk about keeping it in the family, what job does Wheeler get paid for now? Councillor or Mayor, ops I forgot they are good at getting a good rise, Demotion for Pye well maybe she has been too busy in Facebook and not doing her work as she should be. Loakes remains the same, pity he cannot give answers to the E11bid, that many have been waiting for years.
Talk about keeping it in the family, what job does Wheeler get paid for now? Councillor or Mayor, ops I forgot they are good at getting a good rise, Demotion for Pye well maybe she has been too busy in Facebook and not doing her work as she should be. Loakes remains the same, pity he cannot give answers to the E11bid, that many have been waiting for years. Megamix
  • Score: 18

10:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

NTiratsoo says...

Shocking decision re Ms. Pie, the Cleopatra of Leytonstone, and a world expert on diversity.
Shocking decision re Ms. Pie, the Cleopatra of Leytonstone, and a world expert on diversity. NTiratsoo
  • Score: 10

2:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

NTiratsoo wrote:
Shocking decision re Ms. Pie, the Cleopatra of Leytonstone, and a world expert on diversity.
I do hope she gets to keep the red sofa.
[quote][p][bold]NTiratsoo[/bold] wrote: Shocking decision re Ms. Pie, the Cleopatra of Leytonstone, and a world expert on diversity.[/p][/quote]I do hope she gets to keep the red sofa. cynicalsue
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

ICapesy says...

One issue every one of the new cabinet must urgently address is the £23m Pool and Track rebuild. There has been no LOCAL consultation of bona fide stakeholder users of the existing leisure centre. This is a MANDATORY requirement under planning regulations.

Last year LBWF Leisure Services took advice solely from GLL / Better, British Diving and ASA London Swimming. These are national and regional bodies. Local stakeholder views have been deliberately ignored.

The Gators swimming club have not been consulted. The diving club have not been consulted. The Sub Aqua Scuba Diving Club has not been consulted. The needs of public session users of the diving facility – especially youth - have been ignored.

Objections have been formally made to the plans. The stakeholders are united in their opposition to the published plan. This does not even meet HSE requirements as per the 2013 Sport England technical document specifying pool design requirements for swimming and diving.

The most fundamental point to make is that this is not about cuts. It is about the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend £23m on providing the best facilities for sport over the next 40 to 50 years. The decision is not to be made lightly behind closed doors by a narrowly focused self selecting group as has been the case thus far.

The second unavoidable fact for the council and GLL is that there has been no local stakeholder consultation of long term, regular, bona fide users of the current facility which is a MANDATORY requirement. We have the evidence in the briefing document to Stella Creasy MP from Joyce Guthrie Head of LBWF Leisure Services kindly supplied by Cllr Ahsan Khan. Non-consultation cannot just be brushed aside as if it is a minor technicality.

Full and proper consultation with all stakeholders is now required.
One issue every one of the new cabinet must urgently address is the £23m Pool and Track rebuild. There has been no LOCAL consultation of bona fide stakeholder users of the existing leisure centre. This is a MANDATORY requirement under planning regulations. Last year LBWF Leisure Services took advice solely from GLL / Better, British Diving and ASA London Swimming. These are national and regional bodies. Local stakeholder views have been deliberately ignored. The Gators swimming club have not been consulted. The diving club have not been consulted. The Sub Aqua Scuba Diving Club has not been consulted. The needs of public session users of the diving facility – especially youth - have been ignored. Objections have been formally made to the plans. The stakeholders are united in their opposition to the published plan. This does not even meet HSE requirements as per the 2013 Sport England technical document specifying pool design requirements for swimming and diving. The most fundamental point to make is that this is not about cuts. It is about the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend £23m on providing the best facilities for sport over the next 40 to 50 years. The decision is not to be made lightly behind closed doors by a narrowly focused self selecting group as has been the case thus far. The second unavoidable fact for the council and GLL is that there has been no local stakeholder consultation of long term, regular, bona fide users of the current facility which is a MANDATORY requirement. We have the evidence in the briefing document to Stella Creasy MP from Joyce Guthrie Head of LBWF Leisure Services kindly supplied by Cllr Ahsan Khan. Non-consultation cannot just be brushed aside as if it is a minor technicality. Full and proper consultation with all stakeholders is now required. ICapesy
  • Score: 11

6:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

rachelbettelley@hotmail.com says...

Save the 5m diving pool and dive pit at pool and track.
One issue every one of the new cabinet must urgently address is the £23m Pool and Track rebuild. There has been no LOCAL consultation of bona fide stakeholder users of the existing leisure centre. This is a MANDATORY requirement under planning regulations.
I am a miserable parent now in have to travel to The Aqua Centre where the safety standards are not good since our kids now share space with adults that are not supervised properly. The journey is very long for an after school activity and parking each week is getting harder as the Aqua Centre gets increasingly busy and you have to pay, none of the above was a problem at the well run diving club at pool and track. Waltham Forest Residents will not benefit from the new plans when you shrink facilities not considering the WFDC club, the Gators, or the Scuba diving club. Our children should have these clubs available in he borough. Most parents are not able to travel this distance and pay the extra that being at Aqua Centre costs. This is not fair. The Olympic Legacy ends here if the council go ahead with their current penny pinching plans.
Save the 5m diving pool and dive pit at pool and track. One issue every one of the new cabinet must urgently address is the £23m Pool and Track rebuild. There has been no LOCAL consultation of bona fide stakeholder users of the existing leisure centre. This is a MANDATORY requirement under planning regulations. I am a miserable parent now in have to travel to The Aqua Centre where the safety standards are not good since our kids now share space with adults that are not supervised properly. The journey is very long for an after school activity and parking each week is getting harder as the Aqua Centre gets increasingly busy and you have to pay, none of the above was a problem at the well run diving club at pool and track. Waltham Forest Residents will not benefit from the new plans when you shrink facilities not considering the WFDC club, the Gators, or the Scuba diving club. Our children should have these clubs available in he borough. Most parents are not able to travel this distance and pay the extra that being at Aqua Centre costs. This is not fair. The Olympic Legacy ends here if the council go ahead with their current penny pinching plans. rachelbettelley@hotmail.com
  • Score: 5

7:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

FabienneC says...

Congratulations on your appointments. Hopefully you will serve the local unity with fairness & integrity.
With this in mind, can I please ask that the cabinet make the lack of any public or stakeholder consultation over diving, a priority, Bad decisions have been made behind closed doors. This is plain WRONG and needs addressing. Can I urge you please to intervene and to consult with stakeholders and the local community. These are their facilities and they pay for them so please.... Do the right thing!
Congratulations on your appointments. Hopefully you will serve the local unity with fairness & integrity. With this in mind, can I please ask that the cabinet make the lack of any public or stakeholder consultation over diving, a priority, Bad decisions have been made behind closed doors. This is plain WRONG and needs addressing. Can I urge you please to intervene and to consult with stakeholders and the local community. These are their facilities and they pay for them so please.... Do the right thing! FabienneC
  • Score: 3

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