Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s new leader chosen

THE new leader of the Tory-controlled Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been chosen, taking over from Barry Coleman who is preparing to step down after 11 years.

In May, Mr Coleman's role will be taken over by Stephen Ames, who represents the Bradwell and South Hopton ward.

Born and bred in Lowestoft, Cllr Ames left the area aged 20 and went on to work in various management positions in the holiday industry in places including Devon and Wales.

Eighteen years ago he returned to the region, settling down in Hopton from Somerset, where he had his first experience of being a councillor.

Married with two grown up children, he is manager of a holiday park and is also on the board of Seachange and the East Coast Revenue and Benefits Partnership.

Within the borough council, he is a Cabinet member with responsibility for resources, and has spoken previously of the importance of positivity in politics. Mr Coleman is stepping down to become Mayor, for the second time during his years as a councillor.

The new leader decision will be formalised at a full council meeting next month.

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