Steven North was re-elected un-opposed as Leader of East Northamptonshire Council at the 47th annual meeting on 16 May.
He is also Leader of the ruling Conservative group and a member for Rushden Sartoris Ward.
Cllr David Jenney was elected as Deputy Leader and pledged his support to Cllr North, to the Council and to the district.
At the meeting, Cllr North said:
“It’s a great privilege to carry on leading this council. There are big challenges ahead, but great opportunities if we face them in the right way and I look forward to working with my colleagues and a dedicated team of officers to continue improving local services for local people.
“The past year has seen us achieve great things with the delivery of another balanced budget, development of Rushden Lakes to provide even more jobs and retail development and a new health and wellbeing contract which provides more opportunities for residents to get active and improve their wellbeing. We also launched a new waste contract and it has been another great year of grants for community projects through our Community Facilities Fund and Member Empowerment Fund. Through using New Homes Bonus funding, so far, we have delivered £2.2m of community projects which is a tremendous achievement for our district.
“Looking ahead, at a district level, we have much to look forward to with our key legacy projects including a completed Local Plan, an enterprise centre in Raunds, Tresham Garden Village, further stretches of the Greenway walking and cycling route, building on the success of Rushden Lakes, developing a better growth deal which will provide much needed infrastructure across the district and continuing to provide those community grants.
“The biggest change we face is the creation of two unitary authorities in the county, of which we will play a key role, alongside our neighbouring councils. Vesting day has now been set as 1 April 2021 so we have more time to prepare for setting up a successful north Northants authority as well as giving ENC another year to continue delivering excellent services to our residents and businesses.”