A councillor who has represented Kings Langley since 2003 has been elected the leader of Hertfordshire County Council.
Councillor Richard Roberts has been appointed the leader of the council following his formal appointment at a Full Council meeting on Tuesday, May 25.
Upon his appointment he has announced his priorities which he hopes to deliver over the next four years.
These priorities include supporting the county’s recovery from COVID-19, developing the Health and Social Care system in Hertfordshire, tackling climate change and ensuring responsible and sustainable growth for the county.
Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Richard Roberts said he is determined to provide people across Hertfordshire with the lives they desire.
He said: “Fundamentally I am driven by a desire to allow people to live the lives they want to, in the towns and villages called home, with the opportunity to learn, work, contribute to society and enjoy our beautiful countryside.
“But as a resident I recognise we all have concerns for the future; pollution and climate change, jobs and education, good health and wellbeing, and a desire to protect our precious green spaces, amongst many other issues.”
Cllr Roberts continued to add that a community focussed approach will help the county recover from the pandemic.
He said: “Over the last year the pandemic has tested us in every way imaginable – but we have risen to meet the challenge and by working ever closer together it has taught us that we can overcome adversity.
“Up to 100,000 new homes and 100,000 new jobs are planned in Hertfordshire by 2031, and we are already delivering on the infrastructure and services needed to support this growth. And, at the heart of everything we do are our plans for this to be sustainable growth, reducing our environmental impact wherever possible, whilst enabling the county to grow responsibly.”