New face joins West Sussex cabinet

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West Sussex County Council’s leader has announced changes to her Cabinet.

Cllr Louise Goldsmith made the announcement on Thursday (March 26).

Cllr John O’Brien, who represents East Grinstead South and Ashurst Wood, takes over the portfolio of Highways and Transport.

Cllr O’Brien was elected to WSCC in a by-election in May 2010. He has been deputy to the current Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Cllr Pieter Montyn, since July 2011.

During that time he has been involved in major highways projects including chairing the Better Roads Task and Finish Group that reviewed the condition of the county council’s roads and resulted in a £35million investment in the West Sussex Better Roads Programme which is now entering its second year.

He has been chairman of the Corporate Parenting Panel since May 2013.

Cllr Goldsmith thanked Cllr Montyn for his work and said: “I am delighted that Pieter has agreed to become my special adviser focusing on the A27 Campaign and improvements – a matter very important to the council. I know he will continue to serve superbly as a constituency councillor.”

Cllr O’Brien said: “I am looking forward to challenges that this new role will bring and to working closely with members, officers and partners to get the best for our communities in West Sussex.”