Expectations for new chairman to keep South Kesteven District Council in ‘ship shape’

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A new chairman and vice-chairman of South Kesteven District Council have been appointed after a meeting of full council last Thursday.

Coun Reginald Howard who has been a member of SKDC for 24 years and the mayor of his ward Market Deeping on 13 occasions was elected unanimously as chairman.

On taking office he said: “I’m not often stumped for words, but I do find it difficult now.”

“I thank you all for electing me to this office, I’ll do my best. If I do half as well as most of the previous chairmen then I won’t be doing too bad.”

The Independent councillor was nominated by leader of SKDC Coun Mrs Linda Neal, who said: “As a former petty officer in the Navy I am confident he will preside over this council in a meticulous way and will keep everything ship shape.”

In line with his nautical background, Coun Howard announced the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as his chosen charity.

A vote of thanks for retiring chairman Coun David Nalson was proposed by Coun Terl Bryant, who said: “As chairman David represented the council in a proper and dignified manner, going to as many civic events as possible.”

Three nominations were then put forward for the role of vice-chairman, with Coun Ray Wootten being elected after receiving 33 votes as opposed to Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing’s ten votes and Coun Alan Davidson’s seven votes.

Coun Ray Wootten who is chairman of Lincolnshire County Council and represents St Wulfram’s ward, said: “Over the years I have seen former vice-chairman carry out this very important role. I’m pleased to be able to follow in their footsteps.”

Leader Coun Mrs Linda Neal also confirmed during the meeting that the cabinet would continue to be comprised of the same seven members.