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Dave Merrett Steps Down in York Council Cabinet Shake Up

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12:54pm 12th December 2014
(Updated 12:55pm 12th December 2014)

Dave Merrett, the man responsible for York's controversial Lendal Bridge trial,has stepped down in a shake up of the city council's cabinet.

The re-vamped team governing the city has been announced after Dafydd Williams was confirmed as the council's new leader last night. Dafydd Williams has also taken charge of getting York's Local Plan passed as part of the shake up.

Conservative leader Chris Steward will also sit on the Cabinet to give his opinions on items but will not be responsible for a department.Lib Dem leader Keith Aspden turned down a similar offer.

Dafydd Williams said:

“I’m delighted to be able to confirm the Cabinet team that will work with me to deliver our priorities between now and May.  We have some huge challenges in front of us but I believe we have the right team to meet those challenges and achieve some real success in the months before the local elections.  The funding position for setting a budget in February will be one of the biggest challenges but I’m confident we can deliver a budget that reflects residents’ priorities.  A key priority will be to show that Labour is listening, making the right choices and once again delivering a balanced budget.

“I want to thank Coun. Merrett for his offer to step down from the Cabinet, which I have accepted, and also thank him sincerely for the contribution he has made to this administration.  Dave has a number of achievements he can point to which have made the city a better place to live, work and visit, including seeing the new Park and Rides through to completion and getting the one journey, one ticket bus ticket introduced. 

“He has also taken us to the point of getting the city’s first agreed Local Plan for 60 years and with it a defined Green Belt so I’m sorry to be losing his excellent knowledge, in depth understanding and commitment to making York a better place.  I very much hope and believe he will continue to make a meaningful contribution from the backbenches”.

Fiona Fitzpatrick has been appointed as the council's new Diversity Champion but will not claim an allowance for this role. The new cabinet team is:


  • Policy, Strategy and Partnerships
  • Business and Policy Support
  • Staff Relations
  • Human Resources and Payroll
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Procedures and Risk Management
  • Performance and Business Assurance
  • Procurement Services
  • Business Change
  • Property Services
  • Council Accommodation
  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Planning 
  • Communications and Media
  • Cleaning Services
  • Re-Wiring Public Services through Transformation Programme
  • Local Plan


  • Electoral Services 
  • Legal Services 
  • Domestic Violence (joint with Cabinet Member for Health and Community Engagement)
  • Fraud
  • Safer Neighbourhoods 
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Licensing Enforcement 
  • Licensing Policy (in conjunction with Chair of Licensing) 
  • Youth Offending
  • Environmental Health
  • Alcohol and Drugs Action
  • Flood Protection
  • Smarter York
  • Waste Management
  • Street Environment
  • Waste Management Strategy (Client) 
  • Environment Strategy 
  • Carbon Reduction
  • Housing Landlord (HRA)
  • Housing General
  • Strategic Housing


  • Civil Engineering and Highways
  • Parking Services
  • Transport Strategy
  • Parking Strategy
  • Highways Strategy
  • Reinvigorate York
  • Taxi Licensing (in conjunction with Chair of Licensing)
  • Regional Transport Infrastructure
  • Economic Development and Regeneration
  • Business and Skills Development
  • Internationalisation
  • Digital Infrastructure National Transport Infrastructure (in liaison with Cabinet Leader)
  • Fleet Management
  • Planning Conservation and Urban Design
  • Air Quality


  • Leisure (including Community Stadium)
  • Tourism
  • City Centre Management, Markets and Events
  • Arts and Culture
  • Heritage
  • Parks
  • Trading Standards
  • Licensing and Bereavement
  • Registrar
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • Animal Welfare


  • Domestic Violence (in conjunction with Cabinet Member for Communities as part of Public Health remit) 
  • Community Engagement
  • Volunteering
  • Fair Trade
  • Parish Council liaison
  • Equalities and Inclusion
  • Public Health
  • Services for carers
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Assessment and Personalisation
  • Older People, Mental Health, Respite
  • Commissioning and Partnerships
  • Diversity Peer review
  • Customer Services
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Civic and Democratic Services (inc. Scrutiny)


  • School Improvement and Staff Development
  • Children and Families
  • Partnerships and Early Intervention
  • Resource Management
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Youth Services
  • School Place Planning
  • Play Policy


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