New leader for Wellingborough Council due to be appointed tonight

Cllr Paul Bell
Cllr Paul Bell

A new leader for Wellingborough Council is set to be appointed tonight (Tuesday).

Cllr Paul Bell, who has been leader of the authority since May 2011, is stepping down from the position.

His role as leader is set to be taken on by Cll Martin Griffiths with Cllr Tom Partridge-Underwood as the deputy leader.

The appointments are due to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the full council tonight.

A report prepared for the meeting states: “The administration group have recently elected a new group leader and a new deputy group leader.

“In accordance with Article 2.2.07(c) of the constitution the new leader, Councillor Martin Griffiths and the new deputy leader Councillor Tom Partridge-Underwood are appointed as the leader and the deputy leader of the council.

“These appointments are usually noted at the annual council as are the appointments of the leader and deputy leader of the opposition, Councillor Andrew Scarborough and Councillor Brian Emerson.”

While Cllr Bell has decided to step down as leader of the council, the Conservative councillor will continue to represent the Redwell ward.

The Northants Telegraph asked Cllr Bell for an interview about his decision to step down and his time as leader, but he declined the offer ahead of tonight’s meeting.

The annual meeting will also see Cllr Malcolm Waters become the new mayor, taking over from Cllr Barry Graves.

He will fundraise throughout his mayoral year, with the money being distributed to good causes at the end of his term of office.

His main charity will be Contact the Elderly, a national charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation among older people.

The annual meeting starts at 7pm in the council chamber at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.