Council elects new Leader
Councillor Tim Gwilliam has been elected as Leader of the District Council at the full council meeting on Thursday 13 July 2017. The Council’s previous Leader Councillor Patrick Molyneux stood down following a vote of no confidence.
Cllr Molyneux was elected to the Council in 2007, and then voted in as Leader in May 2011. In May 2015, Cllr Molyneux was re-elected to continue to serve as Leader.
Since becoming Leader six years ago, Cllr Molyneux has actively worked to regenerate the market towns for the benefit of local residents and businesses, investing money to support events, projects and initiatives to encourage visitors to the area and secure the long term viability and health of the local economy.
Councillor Gwilliam, Leader of the District Council said: “Myself and my fellow members would like to thank Councillor Patrick Molyneux for his personal contribution to the Council over the past six years.
“As Leader I will continue to carry on the positive progress of this Council and look at new ways of working to save money, whilst providing quality services to the local community.
“I’ll now be looking to appoint a cross party cabinet where the interests of the Forest of Dean will continue to be the main objective."
Cllr Patrick Molyneux added: “I would personally like to thank the residents who elected me to Council back in 2007 and the members who have supported me as Leader over the past six years. I strongly believe that under my leadership the Council has evolved for the better and is in a stronger position than ever to concentrate on the issues that matter most to our residents.
“I wish Councillor Gwilliam the best of luck in his new role as Leader.”