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Hambleton Council Leader Steps Down

Huxtable,  Cllr  Neville 2

3:09pm 19th February 2013

Hambleton District Council’s Leader is stepping down this spring.

Councillor Neville Huxtable will announce his intention to resign today (Tuesday) – paving the way for a new leader to take over the reins from May.

He has led the Conservative controlled authority for the last three years seeing it through difficult financial circumstances and council cuts.

“I am very proud to have taken Hambleton through some tough and exciting times,” he said.

“But I am leaving the authority in a very healthy position.  It is still the third lowest district council in the country for council tax; has its own innovative apprentice scheme which sees young unemployed people from Hambleton finding themselves in work for the first time; and an exciting new community fund with a £100,000 pot for local projects.

“On top of that, through all the austerity we have managed to maintain our high level of services.  The residents of Hambleton have not been subjected to any service cuts.”

He became a member of the council14 years ago – representing the Topcliffe ward.  During his ten years in Cabinet he looked after leisure and housing before becoming Leader.  He will continue to serve the District Council from the back benches.

He is stepping down for personal reasons.

Cllr Huxtable will not be standing for re-election as a North Yorkshire County Councillor at its elections this May.

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