New leader of Brentwood Borough Council and Mayor of Brentwood announced
PUBLISHED: 13:39 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:39 20 May 2019
The new leader of Brentwood Borough Council says he is "honoured" to take on the role and is "looking forward to the challenges ahead".
After leading the council for nine years following her predecessor Brandon Lewis, Councillor Louise McKinlay officially stepped down at the annual council meeting held at the town hall on Wednesday, May 15.
She announced her plans to step down in February.
She has been replaced by Councillor Chris Hossack, a ward member for Hutton East.
Cllr Hossack said: "It is an honour to be appointed leader of Brentwood Borough Council.
"We have achieved great things with Dunton Hills Garden Village, the regeneration of garage sites, together with the transformation of the town hall, the move of the police into that building, and of course our forthcoming £4m leisure plans for King George's Playing Fields.
"There is much to do and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.
"We are here to represent our residents and provide them with the best service we can and that is what we will do.
"I would like to thank Cllr Louise McKinlay for her leadership over so many years.
"Her dedication and incredible hard work is second to none and has put Brentwood Borough Council in a very strong position so we can future maximise opportunities for our borough."
Cllr McKinlay, who is ward member for Hutton North and cabinet member for children and families at Essex County Council, said: "Much has changed in the last 10 years and we have harnessed that change to ensure our residents benefit from increased services at a time when many others councils have cut them.
"More street cleaning, enforcement activity, extra community events and the introduction of the Brentwood Business Showcase are all examples of the new investment in our borough.
"We have also ensured that arrangements are in place to support additional income opportunities for the Council that will help to fund these activities in the future.
"I'm extremely proud to live in the borough and to have been able to serve as leader for so many years.
"I will continue of course in my role as a local councillor and will represent resident interests locally, countywide and nationally.
"I wish Chris Hossack the very best as he steps up to the role of Leader and look forward to continuing to work together and support him."
Councillor Noelle Hones has also been appointed deputy leader and Councillor Keith Parker is the new Mayor of Brentwood, taking over from Councillor Sheila Murphy.
His chosen charities are Prostrate Cancer UK and Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.
Cllr Parker added: "I am proud to be representing Brentwood as mayor and to have been chosen to do this.
"It is an honour and I look forward to going the many events I will be called upon to attend in order to represent our great borough."