The Leader is a councillor from the majority party who acts as principal spokesperson on council matters and works closely with the Chief Executive.
Our current Leader is Councillor Martin Fisher, who represents the Oxted North ward.
Martin's weekly newsletter
Annual Council speech
His column below is taken from the Tandridge Magazine.
Making better places
The Council plays a really important role in your life. The most obvious ways are by collecting your recycling and rubbish bins, processing planning applications and collecting your Council Tax – most of which (about 88%) is passed on to Surrey Police and Surrey County Council. But one of our key roles is ensuring our district has a strong economy by creating places for businesses to thrive and for people to live, work and play in. Often these place making projects are complex and require us to bring together a wide variety of different public and private sector agencies to achieve delivery.
The regeneration of Caterham is a good example of this. We want to do more to transform the centre of the town and make sure the potential it has in terms of location and a skilled local workforce is explored to the full. I recently attended an event to mark the beginning of work on the old Rose & Young building. The Council used all its powers to bring this site back into use and seeing the first stage of its transformation was an extremely proud moment for me.
There is much more of this work to do as we continue to focus on the regeneration programmes for Caterham and Oxted and the wider plans we have to deliver more jobs and opportunities for people in our district.
Supporting leisure services is also really important to us. I am a regular visitor to the Tandridge Leisure Centre and look forward to seeing it benefit from the £1.1m investment made possible by working closely with Freedom Leisure. de Stafford Sports Centre has already benefited from a £1.2m refurbishment and is well worth a visit.
If you are interested in hearing more about what we are doing, please sign up for my regular newsletter or one of the other ones we send out by visiting www.tandridge.gov.uk/signup and if you want to contact me directly, please e-mail email@example.com.