Decade as chairman for Carl

Carl Richardson
Carl Richardson

COUNCILLORS have voted to re-elect Labour’s Carl Richardson as chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council for the 10th year running.

Coun Richardson, who has held the position since 2002, was nominated by his party colleagues and he stood unopposed.

The role of chairman was decided at the annual meeting of the full council, which was held at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, last night.

Coun Richardson had originally planned to step down after his eighth year in the role.

But he stayed on and was re-elected last May to help oversee the massive budget cuts facing the local authority.

Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher (Labour) was elected vice-chairman, replacing Coun Martyn Aitken (Independent). Meanwhile, Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond has also confirmed that his cabinet committee will remain the same.

The cabinet is made up of Labour councillors Jonathan Brash, Ged Hall, Pamela Hargreaves, Robbie Payne and independent councillors Hilary Thompson and Cath Hill.

Labour councillor Peter Jackson is also a cabinet member, but does not currently have a portfolio due to work commitments.

Mayor Drummond said: “Three members of the cabinet committee were recently up for election and I was pleased to see them all re-elected.

“I have no plans to make any sweeping changes at the moment.

“As a cabinet we will be faced with some very difficult decisions over the next months and the current cabinet members know more than anybody else what is ahead.”