Transport chief's resignation forces reshuffle

The cabinet member at Cambridgeshire County Council responsible for transport and the guided busway has quit, citing work and family commitments.

Cllr Steve Criswell, who represents Somersham and Earith, will be replaced in the community infrastructure portfolio by Sawston’s Cllr Tony Orgee, who currently holds the health and wellbeing post.

Council leader Cllr Nick Clarke said: “I fully understand Steve’s decision in these economic times to concentrate on his business and provide support for his wife who has not been well.

“Steve has helped shape the new direction of this council, including spearheading the £90 million investment that we will be making in highways, a legacy he should be very proud of.”

Health and wellbeing will be taken on by Cllr Steve Tierney – the first cabinet job for the Roman Bank and Peckover member, praised by Cllr Clarke as a “hardworking local councillor” who had impressed with his “drive and commitment to improve the quality of life for Cambridgeshire residents”.

Cllr Criswell is the third member of the cabinet to quit in a year, following Cllr Linda Oliver and Cllr Catherine Hutton, and the need to keep hold of post-holders was a key argument behind members’ 25 per cent pay rise, which was approved last year and then scrapped when it emerged procedures had not been followed.

Cllr Richard West is promoted to take on Cllr Tierney’s scrutiny committee chairmanship while the deputy post goes to Cllr Samantha Hoy.

The appointments, which were effective as of 8pm tonight, are set to be approved at the next full council meeting.

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