Erewash Borough Council has its first female Leader following the appointment of Councillor Carol Hart to the position, a move which was approved at the Annual Meeting of the council last night. (Thursday 18 May).
Councillor Hart takes over the reins after the previous Leader, Councillor Chris Corbett, stepped down after 10 years and has now been appointed Deputy Mayor of Erewash.
The new Deputy Leader is Councillor Wayne Major, who is also Lead Member for Resources. Both appointments take effect for the civic terms 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Councillor Hart, who represents the West Hallam and Dale Abbey ward, was previously Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Community Engagement. A resident of West Hallam for over 40 years, Councillor Hart has been a borough councillor for West Hallam and Dale Abbey since 2001 and a Derbyshire county councillor for Breadsall and West Hallam since 2005. She is also the cabinet member for Health and Communities at Derbyshire County Council.
Councillor Hart is the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council since it was founded in 1974 following Local Government Reorganisation with the merger of the Borough of Ilkeston, Long Eaton Urban District and part of South East Derbyshire.