Cllr Keane Duncan and Cllr Steve Arnold

Key roles decided by Ryedale District Councillors

The key roles at Ryedale District Council have been voted on at the annual meeting of Council.

The Chairman, Leader and Deputy Leader have been re-elected to serve a term until the next annual meeting of council in May 2021.

Councillor Michael Cleary (Conservative, Derwent ward) was re-elected as Chairman, with Councillor Nathan Garbutt-Moore (Conservative, Rillington ward) voted in to be Vice-Chairman.

Councillor Keane Duncan (Conservative, Norton East ward) was re-elected as Leader of Ryedale District Council.

Councillor Stephen Arnold (Ryedale First Independents, Helmsley ward) was re-elected as Deputy Leader.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, set out his priorities over the next seven months. He said: “While we have been able to achieve so much as a council in the past 17 months, against the odds, we still have so much still to do.

“These are challenging times for our district as we continue to deal with the ramifications of Covid-19. Many residents and businesses are facing serious hardship, and we must do all that we can to help them.

“We now have the added disruption of local government reorganisation. It is vital that we play a full role in this process if we stand any chance of keeping local government in our area genuinely local.

“Despite these difficulties, it is an honour to be re-elected as leader of the council once again. I promise to work hard, be honest and do my best to stand up for Ryedale.

“I thank councillors for their support, and feel confident that with deputy leader Steve Arnold by my side, we can continue to do what is right for our residents.”

Councillor Steve Arnold, Deputy Leader of Ryedale District Council, added: “I look forward to putting Ryedale citizens at the heart of what we do as we continue to navigate extremely challenging circumstances. Ryedale District Council has had many successes over the past 17 months and I’m sure there will be many more to come.”

Councillor Michael Cleary, Chairman of Ryedale District Council, said: “I’m very pleased that all 30 members of the council were able to attend the hybrid meeting. I’m very proud to remain in position as Chair and am looking forward to continuing to serve Ryedale.”

Councillor Nathan Garbutt-Moore, Vice-Chairman of Ryedale District Council, added: “I’m absolutely honoured to be nominated and elected as Vice-Chairman of Ryedale.

“I am very much looking forward to supporting Chairman, Cllr Michael Cleary, not just in the council chamber but also in the community and representing our fantastic district at civic events.”