The new Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet – members of which were formally elected last night

At last night’s Annual General Meeting of the new Vale of Glamorgan Council the membership of the council’s new 7-strong ruling ‘cabinet’ has been confirmed.

Most of the names had actually been leaked in advance of last night’s meeting [ see PDN ]–  even though none of the cabinet members was officially elected until last night.

Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan) Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Deputy Leader Cllr Hunter Jarvie (Conservative Cowbridge)

As expected, the Executive Leader of the new Vale of Glamorgan Council is confirmed as Cllr  John Thomas (Conservative St Athan) (pictured right) who also leads the Conservative Group on the council .Cllr Thomas  will also take on the portfolio for Performance and Resources.

The Deputy Leader – as forecast –  is to be Cllr Hunter Jarvie (Conservative Cowbridge) (pictured left) who will also be the  cabinet member responsible for the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s  Regulatory and Legal Services.

Cllr Jonathan Bird (Conservative Wenvoe)

Cllr Bob Penrose (Independent Sully)

Cllr Jonathan Bird (Conservative Wenvoe) (pictured right) is to be the cabinet member for Regeneration (a function performed under Labour by Cllr Lis Burnett) and is also in charge of  Planning.

It’s also confirmed that Cllr Bob Penrose (Independent Sully)  (pictured left) is taking on the education portfolio – or what is now called Learning and Culture. It is Cllr Penrose’s  membership of the Conservative Group on the Council which gives the Conservatives the extra seat the party needed to gain overall  control of the council but Cllr Penrose he has not joined the Conservative Party itself.

Cllr Andrew Parker (Conservative Cowbridge)

Gordon Kemp (Conservative Rhoose)

Cllr Andrew Parker (Conservative Cowbridge)  (pictured left) is to take on the portfolio for Housing and Building. Returning to the council – and to the cabinet is former Conservative council leader .

Cllr Gordon Kemp  (Conservative Rhoose) (pictured right) now becomes cabinet member for Social Care, Health and Leisure . Cllr Kemp was leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council from 2009 to 2012.

Cllr Geoffrey Cox takes on cabinet responsibility for Neighbourhood Services and Transport.

The new Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan was announced as Cllr Janice Charles. Cllr Charles will be supported during her year in office by Cllr Leighton Rowlands as Deputy Mayor.

Last night Vale Council leader John Thomas promised that  This will be a Council that not only delivers high quality public services but does so in a manner that places local people at the heart of the decision-making process.”

[This was a clear implied rebuke to the previous Labour administration which had frequently pushed through schemes without any public consultation – notably the now-crumbling Penarth Headland Viewing Platform – and the unwanted Skateboard Park in Paget Road] .

Cllr Thomas said the council’s initial focus is to be the Vale’s transport network. A “thorough review and reappraisal” of the county’s infrastructure will begin shortly, with “close attention” being paid to the Eastern Vale [i.e the Penarth Dinas Powys area – giving fresh hope to supporters of the Dinas Powys By-Pass.]

Cllr Thomas also said the council “will also move quickly to improve the way in which the Council supports our town centres and local businesses. Beyond the Vale, I will be working to ensure that this Council plays a leading role in shaping initiatives such as the Cardiff City Deal, to make sure that the area receives the funding it deserves from Welsh Government and other agencies.”

As will have been gathered, there are no women in the cabinet itself and there is no councillor from Penarth amongst the seven members.

Last night’s Annual Meeting was not televised by the council – even though £250,000 was spent by the previous Labour administration on building a new council chamber with £40,000‘s worth of tv facilities paid for indirectly by the UK Conservative Coalition Government.



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  1. Geraint Jones says:

    The words pale, stale and all-male definitely come to mind. How depressing to see such a non-diverse cabinet. Is this really the type change the people of Penarth voted for?

    • Mark Foster says:

      If you want diversity, piss off to Hackney or better still Mosul and take your family and friends with you. Leave the people of Penarth alone to enjoy their lives. Nobody in the UK voted for diversity. It was sneaked up on them by World Jewry.

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        ‘Gawd ‘elp us …such prejudice. I only hope you don’t represent the views of most people in Penarth

      • Geraint Jones says:

        Based on that comment, I’m guessing you’d also be opposed to the inclusion of women?

      • penarthblog says:

        Geraint is entitled to an opinion without nasty comments from someone like you. It’s not your first time is it?

      • Robert says:

        On behalf of my lgbt friends I welcome all diversity to Penarth. EVERYONE is welcome.

      • Louise C says:

        Unfortunately for you, Mr Foster, the rule of the straight, male, wasp is coming to an end. Your beloved Trump is the last hurrah. Diversity rules, I hope you have decades left to enjoy that.

      • Ralf says:

        Oh dear, what’s happened. Wouldn’t your white van start this morning.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Tally Ho! Teresa May will be delighted as we’ll no doubt have the Cowbridge Hunt back next as part of this dictatorship by Green Welly Jackboot
      Democracy now ends for us at Sully!! Please Cardiff come and take us over!
      Failure to form the Cardiff and Vale Metropolitan Authority by the previous regime has resulted in us being ruled by a “junta” of Aga Louts.

      • Peter Church says:

        Don’t worry Philip, we have Lis Burnett tweeting for us and we can look forward to having a friend of Jeremy representing us in a few weeks time.

  2. Grey says:

    And no Penarth representation !!!!!!!

  3. e roberts says:

    It will be interesting to see where the focus of interest will lie now that most of the cabinet (apart from Bob Penrose) is from Rhoose and further west.

  4. Ford Prefect says:

    God help us. Look out for drilling and fracking sites opening all over the Vale, a ramp-up in coal burning at Aberthaw and the destruction of the countryside to make way for new bypasses everywhere.

  5. Ceri Mably says:

    This will soon become a very dark time for the Vale of Glamorgan. You think we
    Had it Bad under Labour, just wait. How can they justify having no female representation and no one from Barry, Penarth, Etc. Strange that no one is kicking off on here About how there is now 7 cabinet members instead of 5 as well which of
    Course is funded by the council tax payer.

    Finally, councillor Penrose may not have joined the Conservatives officially, but he is now a Tory. As simple as that. He’s a complete sell out and if I lived in Sully
    And had voted for him, I’d be very angry indeed. Those that voted this lot in, you will have yourselves to blame WHEN not IF it all goes

  6. I should like to wish my ex-Vale Group leader the very best of luck with his new portfolio. I’m sure he will do a fine job. I also wish the rest of the Cabinet well especially as they have been roundly criticised before they have even begun to make any decisions. Pob lwc boys,looks like you’ll need it!

  7. Geraint Jones says:

    Why was last night’s meeting not televised for all to see? So much for openness and transparency from this new administration.

  8. Anne Greagsby says:

    Vale councils new claim to fame! Council’s all-male cabinet ‘new low for diversity’

  9. Papa Lazarou says:

    The BBC loves non diversity..I think it’s called reversity…

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