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New council leader sets out his priorities

The new leader of Malvern Hills District Council has pledged to make improving the quality of life for residents a key focus.

Cllr Phil Grove was appointed as leader at the council's annual meeting on Tuesday (19 May).

He said: "It is a great privilege to be elected, this is my second term as a leader and I am delighted to be leading a new council where we can all work together to shape our future over the next four years.

"I will be focused on improving the quality of life and prosperity for the district, protecting services, delivering them well, and providing value for money."

The new council's portfolio holders have also been confirmed.

Cllr Bronwen Behan has been elected as deputy leader and also portfolio holder for environmental control.

Cllr Melanie Baker is portfolio holder for planning and housing while Cllr Paul Cumming is responsible for finance, performance management and resources.

Cllr Rebecca Massey is portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and leisure, health and wellbeing. Cllr David Chambers is responsible for policy development, HR and customer services.

Jack Hegarty, chief executive of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We are delighted Cllr Grove has been elected as leader. He has been a successful councillor with us for 12 years and we are really looking forward to the contribution he will make to the council to benefit the district and our residents."