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Leader's Blog - September 2019

The General Election results are in and the declaration for the Loughborough and Charnwood constituencies can be found on the General Election 2019 results webpage.

Leader's blog Jonathan MorganYou may have seen that Loughborough has been allocated up to £25 million of transformation funding as part of the Government Town Deals.

This is a great opportunity for Loughborough and the borough in general. We will work with partners to secure every single penny available to make the town a better place for everyone. It’s worth pointing out that this is about the town as a whole and not just the town centre.

While we are awaiting further details, one thing the Government has made clear is that we need to work together as a community to put together proposals. I am pleased to say this Council has an excellent track record of collaboration, something highlighted by an independent review last year, so we are looking forward to bringing people together on this project.

I was delighted to be at the Council’s Charnwood Community Heroes 2019 awards recently at John Storer House. The event recognises the many great people, organisations and businesses who give up their time and energy to help others and make Charnwood a better place. I would like to congratulate all the nominees once again. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

It would be remiss of me not to mention in this blog my best wishes to our chief executive Geoff Parker who is retiring. I have worked with Geoff for several years now including the past couple of as leader of the Council. What an incredible servant to local government he has been. The Council has done some excellent work under his stewardship and is in a strong state of health thanks to his guidance. We owe him a lot and we wish him well for the future.

It does mean we are getting a new chief executive and I am delighted Rob Mitchell, who is a long-time resident of the borough and is currently chief executive of Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire, is joining us. I am looking forward to working with Rob and wish him well in the role.

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