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Executive city councillor leaves for Anglia Ruskin

Cambridge Guildhall. Picture Keith Heppell
Cambridge Guildhall. Picture Keith Heppell

City council reshuffles executive team.

The city council executive has undergone a reshuffle following the departure of Cllr Carina O'Reilly.

Cllr O'Reilly is stepping down as executive councillor after taking on a full time job as a lecturer on policing at Anglia Ruskin University.

Taking her place will be Cllr Anna Smith, who has been appointed the new Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, starting on Monday.

A further change will see Cllr Peter Roberts becoming Executive Councillor for Environment Services and City Centre, taking on responsibility for tourism and working with city centre businesses.

Cllr Smith, who represents Romsey ward, will have responsibilities including:

ᄋ Ensuring the city's streets and open spaces are cleaned and well-maintained;

ᄋ Improving accessibility to public places;

ᄋ Managing parks, play areas and public toilets;

ᄋ Tackling environmental crimes such as fly-tipping.

The council hope that the change in roles will strengthen the links between open spaces and streets operations by combining their management, cleaning and maintenance.

Cllr Anna Smith said:"I am honoured to have been selected as an executive councillor. I became a city councillor because I wanted to serve my local community, especially the most vulnerable, and leading on our parks and looking after our streets is an extension of that.

"I am looking forward to working with our superb staff team, with councillor colleagues and with the public, to continue the excellent work that has been done by Carina O'Reilly to fulfil our commitments to residents to improve our wonderful city and its unique open spaces."

In further minor changes, responsibility for river moorings transfers to the Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, and some agenda items will be swapped between the Environment and Community Services Scrutiny Committees.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council said:"We are sad to be losing Carina O'Reilly from the Executive team that she has served with such distinction since 2014 - but she has recently taken on a new full-time job and we fully support her decision to step down.

"At the same time we are delighted to add Cllr Anna Smith to our team, who I am sure will bring the same determination and innovation to the role as Carina, working to deliver great services for all the people of Cambridge."

The changes will take place with effect from Monday 19 September, and will be reported to the next full Council meeting on 20 October.

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