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Conwy’s cabinet member for finance to step down

Conwy County Council

CONWY’S cabinet member for finance will step down after a meeting this week.

Llandudno Junction councillor Mike Priestley has announced he’ll be stepping down ‘for a period’ from his position as cabinet member for finance at the end of the week.

Whilst Cllr Priestley will remain in his position for tomorrow’s special finance and resources committee meeting, he will walk away on September 1, following a family illness.

Cllr Priestley will continue as member in his ward for Glyn y Marl.

A Conwy County Council spokeswoman said it was unknown how long Cllr Priestley would be away for.

Cllr Priestley commented: “Due to family illness, I need to offer more personal support to my family at this time and will be stepping down from cabinet for a period.

“The finance portfolio is a demanding one that needs full-time attention, which I’ll be unable to provide in the coming months. I’ve discussed this with the leader, and I will be stepping down as cabinet member for finance on Friday 1 September.”

Conwy councillors will discuss the authority’s financial position for the forthcoming year when they meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to plan the timetable for setting the 2024/25 budget.

In a press release earlier today, Cllr Priestley warned Conwy faces tough decisions – with the authority facing a £20m-£30m shortfall – as another poor Local Government Settlement is expected.