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Source: City of Westminster

 The Leader of Westminster City Council, Councillor Nickie Aiken, has created an additional Deputy Leader role to support the realisation of the Council’s ambitious vision for the city.

Councillor Aiken confirmed the new appointments:

  • Councillor Richard Beddoe – Deputy Leader (Strategy) and Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning
  • Councillor Tim Mitchell – Deputy Leader (Delivery) and Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

In addition, Councillor Gotz Mohindra is standing down as Chairman of Planning to be replaced by Councillor Melvyn Caplan.

Leader of Westminster City Council, Councillor Nickie Aiken, said:

“Tim is doing an outstanding job as my deputy since his appointment in May. However, with the unprecedented scale of work ahead of us, I have decided to strengthen my leadership team to support our efforts to relentlessly focus on our big priorities and our ambition to deliver a City for All.

“Richard is already leading the development of our City Plan to safeguard the future of Westminster’s neighbourhoods and communities as well as our plans to ensure the West End remains competitive and a world-leading destination for decades to come. The division of duties means Richard will concentrate on developing our overall City for All vision, while Tim oversees the delivery of the council’s priorities and business as usual across the board.

“I’m fortunate to have two such talented Cabinet Members supporting me in these new roles, and I know they will prove a highly effective duo.

“Gotz has asked to stand down due to the demands on his time as chairman of London Conservatives. We’re sorry to lose him but understand his decision. Melvyn is a highly experienced member who is very familiar with planning issues. I am confident he will do a superb job overseeing the most complex planning decision making process in the country.”

The new Deputy Leader roles come into effect immediately while the changes in planning roles take place on 9 October 2019, after Councillor Mohindra chairs the Major Planning Applications Sub-Committee on 8 October 2019.

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