Who is leading our city? Big changes at Sheffield Council

Coun Bryan Lodge has resigned as Cabinet Member for Environment
Coun Bryan Lodge has resigned as Cabinet Member for Environment
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Less than a week after the local elections, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet has undergone a major reshuffle with resignations and portfolios being scrapped.

Council Leader Julie Dore swept through her Cabinet in the biggest reshuffle since she became leader.

The major news was Coun Bryan Lodge quitting as Cabinet Member for Environment. He has overseen the controversial tree felling programme and described his last two years in the post as “interesting and challenging”.

He had responsibility for overseeing the controversial tree felling programme which forms part of the £2 billion road replacement scheme being carried out across the city.

Coun Lodge has been subject to widespread criticism by those who object to trees being axed and in a statement posted on Facebook he said some of the abuse had been 'aggressive, nasty and personal'.

He is replaced by Lewis Dagnall, whose partner is Coun Olivia Blake, Cabinet Member for Finance.

Coun Dagnall is the fifth person to tackle the role following on from Jack Scott, Jayne Dunn, Terry Fox and Bryan Lodge.

Coun Ben Curran, who was Cabinet Member for Planning and Development, has resigned. His portfolio has been merged into a new Transport and Development and will be headed by Coun Jack Scott.

Coun Jim Steinke replaces Coun Jayne Dunn at Neighbourhoods and Communities. Coun Dunn moves to a newly created position as Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, while Coun Jackie Drayton takes on a new portfolio as Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

Coun Cate McDonald was replaced by Coun Chris Peace as Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care. Coun Peace is also Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North East Derbyshire.