Assistant city mayor steps down

Published on 10 June 2015

CASTLE ward councillor Lynn Senior has announced that she is stepping down from her role as assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services.

Cllr Senior was one of four new faces to join City Mayor Peter’s Soulsby’s executive team, following the city council elections in May.

She took over responsibility for the neighbourhoods portfolio, which includes waste management, street cleaning, community safety, regulatory services, and community services.

Cllr Senior said: “The neighbourhoods remit encompasses a vast range of services across a number of council departments. They are of huge importance to people right across the city, and all have their own challenges.

“It’s become clear to me over the past couple of weeks that I won’t be able to dedicate the time needed to lead on these important services and also keep up with the large volume of work that a ward encompassing the city centre and other areas generates.

“I have therefore advised the city mayor that I will be stepping down from the executive with immediate effect in order to continue to concentrate on my ward commitments.”

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “It’s disappointing that Cllr Senior can’t remain on the executive as she would have made a valuable contribution.

"I am taking a fresh look at how we manage the neighbourhoods portfolio and will be discussing this with colleagues over the next few days.”