Broadland District Council leader sets out vision as he is appointed for second term

Councillor Andrew Proctor.

Councillor Andrew Proctor. - Credit: Submitted

The leader of Broadland District Council has set out his vision for the next year.

Andrew Proctor, 67, said 'there can be no complacency' over the next 12 months.

He was appointed leader for a second term today at the first full meeting since the election and now leads a council of 43 Conservatives and four Liberal Democrat members.

The Brundall councillor said: 'It's quite right to focus on the challenges ahead, including funding and delivering growth with the supporting infrastructure.

'But let's not forget what Broadland has done well over the years and continues to do well – providing high quality, value for money services, remaining the top recyclers in Norfolk, working with communities and helping them with neighbourhood plans, planned growth, supporting businesses and how we work with others as a trusted partner.

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'Financially we have a sound five-year plan but it depends on savings being made or income leveraged to keep it that way. In that respect there can be no complacency.

'Like the government, our key ambition is economic success. Challenges will present us with new opportunities as well as difficulties.'

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New advisory panels were set up covering the environment, economy, housing, wellbeing and member development.

Ken Leggett, 84, was appointed chairman after serving as a councillor for Old Catton and Sprowston West since 2004.

He also was county secretary for the Norfolk National Farmers' Union and a special advisor to the then minister for agriculture, Gillian Shepard. He was made an MBE in 2003.

Thorpe town council mayor John Ward, 66, was elected as vice-chairman.

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