Lichfield District Council House
Lichfield District Council House

Fresh concerns have been raised over how Lichfield District Council’s environmental efforts will be managed in the wake of a cabinet member’s resignation.

Cllr Ashley Yeates stepped down from his role leading on recycling and climate change in the wake of the controversial roll-out of a new collection system.

His replacement, Cllr Liz Little, has only taken on responsibility for the joint waste service.

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said a new lead on climate change would be confirmed at a meeting of the local authority next week.

But Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group, said he was frustrated to see no replacement for Cllr Yeates outlined on the agenda.

“The Conservative leadership seems to be in disarray with good members being sacked, poor ones allegedly resigning and important portfolios being apparently forgotten. 

“We were going to have a new ‘comms plan’ on Monday, but instead we were told that there would be a new cabinet member for recycling only and that we would have a new ‘comms plan’ from her ‘within 48 hours’. We didn’t. 

“Now we have the Conservative group’s appointments which does not have anyone as the climate change champion.

“This means that Cllr Yeates – who did have that responsibility – will have no one to scrutinise now that he has been put on the scrutiny committee.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

The shake-up of roles has also seen Cllr David Leytham depart the post of chair of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, with former leader Cllr Mike Wilcox expected to step into that post.

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  1. Mike Wilcox, Mr Friarsgate heading overview and scrutiny? On what planet? You couldn’t make it up.

  2. This shows that Lichfield District Council are not bothered about climate change. Two years after declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and what have they done? Not much! We need action not gestures.

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