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New Bromley Council Leader Appointed

A new Leader of the Council was appointed on the evening of Monday 26 September.

Effective immediately, Councillor Colin Smith becomes the new Leader following the Councillor Stephen Carr resignation earlier in the month.

Councillor Smith, a Ward Councillor for Bickley, was formerly the Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Environment, a position he has held for over 11 years, having been initially elected in 2002. 

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council said, “Although the former Leader, Councillor Stephen Carr, has never sought publicity for himself, I would like to pay tribute to Stephen as both a friend and someone who has worked for and alongside him for many years. 

His leadership and vision have served Bromley residents fantastically well during a period of unprecedented austerity to local government finances and the legacy of his hard work means that the borough can now look to the future with a cautious optimism and confidence, proud of what has been achieved, but also with a steely determination to continue to put our residents interests at the very heart of everything that we do. 

He will be sorely missed and a very hard act to follow, but we must now move on. 

Being elected to this post is a very deep honour which I shall never lose sight of and also represents the ultimate challenge for a borough councillor. 

It is a challenge, which along with my strong team of talented colleagues I look forward to tackling and surpassing over coming months and beyond. 

Bromley is already a great place to live, work, relax and do business in; together we can and will make it even better still.” 

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher has been appointed as Executive Councillor for Environment, with Councillor Peter Fortune being appointed as Deputy Leader and remains as Portfolio Holder for Education, Children and Families.  All other Executive councillors remain the same. 

Councillor Stephen Carr continues to be a ward councillor for Bromley Common and Keston and was initially elected in July 1999.  Councillor Carr was then appointed Executive Councillor for Social Care, Health & Housing in 2002 and became Leader in May 2004, serving 13 years as Leader of Bromley Council.