THE two men now in charge of Aberdeenshire Council have said the people will benefit from the new leadership.
SNP Richard Thomson and Independent Martin Kitts-Hayes took charge from Tory Jim Gifford’s alliance after yesterday’s full council meeting.
Cllr Thomson identified affordable housing, number of teachers, and the economy – especially post-oil – as priorities.
He said: “We need a more consensual approach to decision making.
“There are key decisions the previous administration had difficulty with.”
Jim Gifford, leader of the 33-strong Aberdeenshire Alliance, was voted down by the 32-member coalition between the SNP group and the Progressive Alliance – which consists of two Independent councillors and the Labour group.
The coalition had entered into an agreement with the two-strong Democratic, Independent and Green Group (Digg), Paul Johnston and Martin Ford, to give them 34 on key votes in a 68-member chamber.
Co-leader Cllr Kitts- Hayes pointed out that a leader didn’t have executive power and depended on support of council.
Labour’s Alison Evison, part of the new coalition, said: “We need to listen to and respond to the voices in our community.”
But Cllr Gifford said the new arrangement wouldn’t be “taken seriously” and was “absolutely unworkable”.