At a Council meeting on 10th October, Leader of New Forest District Council Cllr Edward Heron announced his decision to step down as Leader.
Thanking fellow councillors and officers, he explained his decision, “This evening I want to share with you my decision to step down as Leader from this Council, and not to stand for re-election at the May 2023 district elections. After what is almost 16 years on the Council, most of which has been serving on the cabinet, the time is right for me to look forward to new challenges.
It is also the correct timing to ensure a new Leader has the opportunity to set out their vision for the Council until 2027, and time to prepare the budget in February. And therefore the Conservative group will be nominating Cllr Jill Cleary as Leader at the next Council meeting on 14 November.” In an email to staff, Cllr Heron said, “It has been a great privilege to lead the Council over these past near couple of years, the highlight being the dedication of officers and all staff to the service of our community. This has been my inspiration for all that we have achieved and I am confident the Council is in a good place to continue to deliver for our residents.”
Cllr Heron will continue as Leader until a new Leader is elected at the November Council meeting, and as a councillor until the May 2023 elections.