Leader selected for new Richmondshire coalition of district councillors

A leader has been selected to head the newly-formed coalition of councillors set to run Richmondshire District Council.

Cllr Paul Cullen has been selected as the leader of the newly-formed group Richmondshire Together.

However, Cllr Cullen say he does not want to be the leader of the authority. This role will be decided at the full council meeting on Tuesday.

Cllr Cullen said the name of the likely new leader cannot be revealed yet, although he confirmed it would be a female councillor who would be put forward.

Richmondshire Together is made up of six councillors from the Putting Richmondshire First group, three Independents, three Liberal Democrats and one Green Party member.

Cllr Cullen said the new group have numerous aims which they intended to develop, including re-establishing  greater scrutiny of council performance, more effective use of assets, re-introduction of support for community facilities, the enhanced funding of the apprentice scheme and small business support; the introduction of new green initiatives and additional member champions.

Additionally, the group says it plans  “a more collegiate way of running the council” with plans for a leadership team of five.

The group says the aim is that decisions are taken after “considering a number of experienced viewpoints”.

Cllr Paul Cullen.

Cllr Cullen added: ” After four years of non-involvement, we can’t wait to get started and put our exciting plans into action.”

The council was previously run by Conservative councillors until they lost their majority at the local elections earlier this month.