‘New era’ for council cabinet

Chorley Council's new cabinet. L to R Dennis Edgerley, Alistair Bradley, Adrian Lowe, Peter Wilson, Terry Brown and Beverley Murray

Chorley Council's new cabinet. L to R Dennis Edgerley, Alistair Bradley, Adrian Lowe, Peter Wilson, Terry Brown and Beverley Murray

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Chorley Council’s new leadership has now been elected.

Alistair Bradley will take the reigns as the new leader after appointment at Chorley Town Hall on Tuesday night.

He said the new leadership’s main priorities would be to bring about economic regeneration in the town.

He said: “This is a new era for Chorley Council.

“The people of Chorley decided it was time for a change. We will be a lot more ambitious and get out into communities to hear what they have to say.

“We will focus on economic regeneration and our aim is to create a growing and vibrant town centre.”

Coun Peter Wilson was announced the deputy leader, Coun Beverley Murray is the executive member for people, Coun Terry Brown is the executive member for places, Coun Dennis Edgerley is the executive member for planning, and Coun Adrian Lowe is the executive member for homes and business.

Coun Bradley also said he wanted to open up the Town Hall to more public scrutiny.

He said: “There was a very low turnout at the last election and we need to increase people’s engagement.

“There has to be a long-term strategy and we commit to making a change in people’s lives. and are extremely ambitious to do more for this council and the borough.

“Chorley is a fantastic place to be and we want to make sure that we make the most of what we’ve got and we’re extremely ambitious to do the people of this borough proud.”

Councillors were also appointed to the council’s various committees, panels and groups.

Coun Chris France, who was suspended for a month in March for disclosing private documents to a member of the public, was put in charge of governance, families and older people.

Conservative group leader Coun Peter Goldsworthy said: “I thought I was listening to a Conservative councillor talking about Chorley Council.

“You talk about providing homes for more people.

“Who has provided them with more?

“We have done more to get people into places than you ever did, but I am pleased you are taking it on board.

“What you do for the benefit of Chorley I will support. What you do to damage Chorley I will oppose.”