Council names new cabinet member in charge of highways and waste

25 Feb 2020 10:37
Published by: Kian French

Councillor Laura Crane has been confirmed as the new portfolio holder for highways and waste services for Cheshire East Council.

Council leader Councillor Sam Corcoran made the announcement at full council on Thursday 20 February. Cllr Crane, ward member for Sandbach (Ettiley Heath and Wheelock), succeeds the late Cllr Brian Roberts, who died earlier this year.

Cllr Crane joined Cheshire East Council when elected in the 2019 local borough elections. She is a member of the constitution committee and community governance review sub-committee and previously sat on two scrutiny committees - environment and regeneration and the corporate overview and scrutiny committee.

Passionate about public transport, including bus services, and reducing car dependency, Cllr Crane was a director of Transport Services Solutions Ltd, the council's arms-length transport company.

As portfolio holder for highways, she is responsible for delivering council policies around road improvement schemes, maintenance and gritting services as well as highways assets, including bridges, cycleways and footways.

She is also responsible for the council's waste services, including recycling, refuse collection and green open spaces, managed by the council's wholly-owned environmental services company Ansa.

Cllr Crane said: "Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Cllr Brian Roberts, who died earlier this year and who was a devoted and wholly-committed local politician. He is sadly missed and will be a hard act to follow.

"I very much look forward to continuing his great work to ensure that the residents of Cheshire East receive the services they deserve in terms of well-managed and maintained roads and an efficient household waste collection and recycling service, in addition to the many other aspects of those services that matter so much to the people of this borough."

Cllr Corcoran said: "I am very pleased that Cllr Crane has agreed to take on this very high-profile portfolio for this council. It is a wide brief and carries many extremely important responsibilities that affect our residents and how they perceive this council and the work that we do.

"Laura is passionate about serving our residents and delivering highways and waste services of the highest possible standard."

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