To receive announcements from:
a) The Mayor
b) Leader of the Council
c) Members of the Cabinet
d) Chairs of Committees
e) Head of Paid Service
Leader of the Council
5.1 The Leader of the Council welcomed the new Mayor and Sheriff to their respective roles and confirmed that he was looking forward to working with them over the next municipal year. He thanked the former Mayor and Sheriff for their hard work and paid tribute to Councillor Tracey for reaching her 30th Anniversary as a serving Councillor.
5.2 The Leader of the Council informed Members that he was making 2 changes to his Cabinet. He confirmed that the Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Justin Hudson, had taken the decision to stand down as a Cabinet Member. He thanked Councillor Hudson for his hard work and expressed the view that he had made significant achievements during his time as Cabinet Member for Communities, particularly in relation to a successful safer streets funding bid which would provide £500k to improve lighting and CCTV facilities in Gloucester Park, and into Barton.
5.3 The Leader of the Council confirmed that Councillor Padilla had been appointed Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods. He expressed the view that he would be a brilliant Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, particularly in consideration of his experience as Chairman of the Gloucester Filipino Association and his professional capacity as a nurse.
Members of the Cabinet
5.4 The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure paid tribute to Councillor Kubaszczyk and the Polish community in Gloucester for their contribution to the Polish Heritage Day celebrations on 14th May, as well as everyone who was involved with the Kings Square reopening back in April 2022. He expressed the view that it had been a wonderful day and noted that he hoped to hold a similar event the following year.