Essex County Council leader gives up finance role in reshuffle

ECC leader David Finch

ECC leader David Finch

First published in News

Essex is getting its own councillor for potholes after county council leader David Finch announced changes to his cabinet.

Harlow councillor Eddie Johnson has been given the newly created role of cabinet member for highways maintenance and small scheme delivery in the reshuffle, announced today.

Existing councillor for highways and transportation, Rodney Bass, retains overall control of transport issues, but will focus on major projects such as improving the A120.

Last month the South East Local Enterprise Partnership was awarded £442million for road improvements and supporting businesses.

As part of the reshuffle, Mr Finch has given up his finance portfolio, which he currently combines with his role as council leader.

In July, Mr Finch told fellow councillors he had decided against taking legal action to claw back £50,000 of taxpayers’ money claimed by former leader Lord Hanningfield.

Mersea and Tiptree councillor John Jowers has stepped down as cabinet member for libraries.

He said: “I am proud to leave the cabinet as a cabinet member who has opened new libraries.”

Stanway councillor Kevin Bentley, currently deputy leader responsible for economic growth, has also taken on the waste and recycling portfolio formerly held by Great Notley councillor Roger Walters.

Ann Naylor, who spearheaded the council’s role in bringing the Tour de France to Essex, has been replaced as cabinet member for public health and wellbeing by Anne Brown.

Mr Finch said: “I want to pay tribute for the dedication and service of all of those who are leaving the cabinet.

“In a high pressure role they have worked tirelessly for the people of Essex and deserve our thanks.

“The changes I have announced today will bring fresh thinking to help us face head-on the huge challenges ahead of us.”

The changes come into force on September 1.

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4:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

SoundSense says...

A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again!
A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again! SoundSense
  • Score: 18

4:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

Are these additional posts with the associated perks? If so are those who have had responsibilities removed getting a smaller helping from the trough so the overall allowances budget remains the same.
Are these additional posts with the associated perks? If so are those who have had responsibilities removed getting a smaller helping from the trough so the overall allowances budget remains the same. hughie-s
  • Score: 10

5:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Hatpeg says...

Good to know that if a hole appears in the road, Eddie Johnson. will look into it.
Good to know that if a hole appears in the road, Eddie Johnson. will look into it. Hatpeg
  • Score: 11

5:15pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Ontheball says...

Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much!
Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much! Ontheball
  • Score: 15

5:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

SoundSense wrote:
A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again!
S.S. Share your view on the slippery fish, however the moves might indicate they have realised his arrogant attitude had really upset a lot of folk. I've met journalists who are now more than hostile to the party and Mr. Bass because of his attitude. I live in Colchester and I know the combination of news of unsolved horrific murders with pitch black at 12 has left most Colchesterians with fear for their safety if they get caught out when things go black. We also worried about our young people out in the town. We can't keep them locked up. Its unfair of Bass not to allow Colchester to have the lights on till the murders are solved, and shows he and the cons have no compassion.
[quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again![/p][/quote]S.S. Share your view on the slippery fish, however the moves might indicate they have realised his arrogant attitude had really upset a lot of folk. I've met journalists who are now more than hostile to the party and Mr. Bass because of his attitude. I live in Colchester and I know the combination of news of unsolved horrific murders with pitch black at 12 has left most Colchesterians with fear for their safety if they get caught out when things go black. We also worried about our young people out in the town. We can't keep them locked up. Its unfair of Bass not to allow Colchester to have the lights on till the murders are solved, and shows he and the cons have no compassion. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 17

5:34pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
SoundSense wrote:
A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again!
S.S. Share your view on the slippery fish, however the moves might indicate they have realised his arrogant attitude had really upset a lot of folk. I've met journalists who are now more than hostile to the party and Mr. Bass because of his attitude. I live in Colchester and I know the combination of news of unsolved horrific murders with pitch black at 12 has left most Colchesterians with fear for their safety if they get caught out when things go black. We also worried about our young people out in the town. We can't keep them locked up. Its unfair of Bass not to allow Colchester to have the lights on till the murders are solved, and shows he and the cons have no compassion.
Ps, I'm going to write to Anne Brown the member responsible for Public Health and Wellbeing on the subject of the lights in Colchester.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again![/p][/quote]S.S. Share your view on the slippery fish, however the moves might indicate they have realised his arrogant attitude had really upset a lot of folk. I've met journalists who are now more than hostile to the party and Mr. Bass because of his attitude. I live in Colchester and I know the combination of news of unsolved horrific murders with pitch black at 12 has left most Colchesterians with fear for their safety if they get caught out when things go black. We also worried about our young people out in the town. We can't keep them locked up. Its unfair of Bass not to allow Colchester to have the lights on till the murders are solved, and shows he and the cons have no compassion.[/p][/quote]Ps, I'm going to write to Anne Brown the member responsible for Public Health and Wellbeing on the subject of the lights in Colchester. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 13

5:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Jumped?
Pushed?
Or St*bb*d In The Back?
The Eides Of August At Essex County Council?
Bass has made a real fish meal out of the Street Lighting!
What A Shambles!
Colchester Council Also Now Being Run By The Former Gazette Media Mogul.
A defying combination of "The Sublime Meeting The Utterly Ridiculous".
Jumped? Pushed? Or St*bb*d In The Back? The Eides Of August At Essex County Council? Bass has made a real fish meal out of the Street Lighting! What A Shambles! Colchester Council Also Now Being Run By The Former Gazette Media Mogul. A defying combination of "The Sublime Meeting The Utterly Ridiculous". TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 15

6:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
ell
wrote:
Jumped?
Pushed?
Or St*bb*d In The Back?
The Eides Of August At Essex County Council?
Bass has made a real fish meal out of the Street Lighting!
What A Shambles!
Colchester Council Also Now Being Run By The Former Gazette Media Mogul.
A defying combination of "The Sublime Meeting The Utterly Ridiculous".
Absolutely agree bruv.
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: Jumped? Pushed? Or St*bb*d In The Back? The Eides Of August At Essex County Council? Bass has made a real fish meal out of the Street Lighting! What A Shambles! Colchester Council Also Now Being Run By The Former Gazette Media Mogul. A defying combination of "The Sublime Meeting The Utterly Ridiculous".[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree bruv. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 10

10:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Councillor for Potholes in Essex?

Crikey - if ever there were a poisoned challis!
Councillor for Potholes in Essex? Crikey - if ever there were a poisoned challis! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 8

12:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

Boris says...

Ontheball wrote:
Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much!
The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done.
The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much![/p][/quote]The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done. The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future. Boris
  • Score: 4

1:22am Tue 5 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
Ontheball wrote:
Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much!
The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done.
The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future.
Boris my old love, how do you know so much?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much![/p][/quote]The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done. The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future.[/p][/quote]Boris my old love, how do you know so much? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: -1

1:25am Tue 5 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
Ontheball wrote:
Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much!
The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done.
The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future.
Boris my old love, how do you know so much?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Bass is an incompetent in his current role. I just hope that the jobsworth taking over the pothole portfolio ( with the associated perks to go with it) will actually do something about the apalling state of the roads in and around Colchester, but having seen the bodged repairs being undertaken at the moment, I doubt it very much![/p][/quote]The bodgers who fill in the occasional pothole have a ten-year contract, with I think about 7 years still to run. This is for repairing roads all over Essex. Of course they subcontract most of the work to squads who use unmarked vehicles and can't be identified by any of us council tax payers. This is what happens when a council outsources work to the lowest bidder, and at the same time dismisses the staff who should be checking on the quality of the work done. The answer of course is to bring all this work back in house, and for ECC to have its own teams of repairers who will go back to doing the work properly. But there is no chance whatsoever of this happening in the foreseeable future.[/p][/quote]Boris my old love, how do you know so much? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: -2

7:45am Tue 5 Aug 14

R Souls says...

SoundSense wrote:
A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again!
Sound sense indeed. I had the misfortune to attend a meeting recently in which he was taking part - or rather monopolising. What a pompous self-centred bore. Who are the cretins that voted for this idiot?
[quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again![/p][/quote]Sound sense indeed. I had the misfortune to attend a meeting recently in which he was taking part - or rather monopolising. What a pompous self-centred bore. Who are the cretins that voted for this idiot? R Souls
  • Score: 14

1:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

RetiredVal says...

God help anyone travelling on the A120 once Rodney Bass is in charge. And whatever are the 'overall transport issues' that he might be 'controlling' does this mean Essex will now seize up !
God help anyone travelling on the A120 once Rodney Bass is in charge. And whatever are the 'overall transport issues' that he might be 'controlling' does this mean Essex will now seize up ! RetiredVal
  • Score: 6

12:42am Thu 7 Aug 14

Boris says...

R Souls wrote:
SoundSense wrote:
A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again!
Sound sense indeed. I had the misfortune to attend a meeting recently in which he was taking part - or rather monopolising. What a pompous self-centred bore. Who are the cretins that voted for this idiot?
It was the Tories of Great Totham and nearby villages.
[quote][p][bold]R Souls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: A shame they didn't get rid of Rodney Bass and switch the lights on again![/p][/quote]Sound sense indeed. I had the misfortune to attend a meeting recently in which he was taking part - or rather monopolising. What a pompous self-centred bore. Who are the cretins that voted for this idiot?[/p][/quote]It was the Tories of Great Totham and nearby villages. Boris
  • Score: -2

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