Councillor Robin Howe

The Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Robin Howe, is stepping down from his post to focus full-time on his role as the Deputy Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Cllr Howe says: "The role I fill as Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority is taking over an ever-increasing amount of my time and in my opinion should be a full-time role, as it is for the Mayor.

"The Mayor is fully behind my decision and whilst I do regret that I shall be unable to oversee the programme of reforms I have begun at HDC in the last 15 months, my new full-time role will be an exciting and challenging one.

"The Combined Authority has already announced numerous, ambitious projects aimed at supporting the delivery of thousands of new homes, more jobs, better transport links and improved education opportunities and I will now be able to devote more of my time towards helping the Mayor deliver on those huge plans.

"Having discussed this with my cabinet in Huntingdonshire, I feel that stepping down and devoting more of my time to the Combined Authority role will allow me to bring greater influence to bear and in doing so help me to better serve the interests of the district council; much more effectively than I can with the dual role I currently occupy."

Cllr Howe will formally step down as Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council at a special council meeting on 26 July when a new executive leader will be confirmed.

In the meantime, the day-to-day responsibilities of leading the council will be delegated to the council’s Deputy Executive Leader, Cllr Graham Bull.

Cllr Howe says: "There is increasing evidence that the changes I have implemented since becoming leader are starting to work, with customer focus expressing itself in better services and improved relationships with towns and parishes.

"I am confident that the council will continue to improve the way we deliver services to our residents and strive to create a better place to live and work in our wonderful district."