Councillor quits cabinet for Hong Kong

Wednesday 7th December 2016 3:10 pm
Avril York

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Powys council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning, Councillor Avril York is stepping down from the cabinet for personal reasons.

The Builth Wells councillor, who has been portfolio holder for regeneration and planning since January last year, is leaving Powys to join her husband who has accepted a job in Hong Kong.

She will leave office on December 22 will be replaced by Councillor Tony Thomas, who represents Felin-Fach near Brecon.

Council leader Barry Thomas said: “I thank Councillor York for her hard work and commitment over the past 12 months as portfolio holder for regeneration and planning services.

“It has been a challenging role but one that she has tackled with commitment and enthusiasm, particularly when the county was at the centre of prestigious events such as the National Eisteddfod and the Tour of Britain cycle race. I wish her all the best for the future.”

Councillor York said: “I have enjoyed my time on the cabinet despite local government enduring very uncertain times and feel proud of the work carried out by officers on our behalf over the past two years.

“I am particularly pleased that we have reshaped our engagement with the private sector and have seen great improvements in our planning service.”

New Cabinet Member for regeneration and planning, Cllr Tony Thomas said: “I am delighted to accept the role of regeneration and planning portfolio holder, it is a challenging position and one that plays an important role in the council’s economic future.

“I look forward to working with cabinet colleagues and officers from the various services in the coming weeks and months.”

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