New council leader looks to ‘drive change’ in Tamworth

Tamworth Borough Council’s new leader, councillor Jeremy Oates says he is relishing the chance to help ‘drive change’ through a series of exciting projects.

Cllr Oates was appointed to the role with immediate effect during a meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday, February 23.

He takes over from Cllr Daniel Cook, who is stepping down after 12 years at the helm of the authority.

While the handover was originally due to start on March 1, Cllr Cook offered his resignation with immediate effect as a show of confidence in Cllr Oates.

Cllr Oates thanked councillors for their support and said: “We have a good council and this is a great town with some fantastic assets, but that doesn’t mean we can become complacent, we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to be more dynamic and more responsive, just as we have in the last 12 months.

“Tamworth was once the beating heart of the ancient kingdom of Mercia, we need it to be that beating heart again, now and in the future.

“We have the opportunity to drive that change through projects such as the Future High Streets Fund, the Gungate project and the Recovery & Reset programme.

“We also need to be an engaging authority, listening and talking to people so we can go on that journey together.”

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