1. ITV Report

Leader of Cornwall Council elected

Adam Paynter is the new Leader of Cornwall Council Photo: Cornwall Council

A Liberal Democrat led administration will “put people first” according to the new Cornwall Council leader.

Adam Paynter, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Cornwall Council, has been elected Leader of the Council in a joint administration with the Independent Group. Julian German of the Independents will serve as Deputy Leader.

Speaking about the new administration, Cllr Paynter said:

This is a new council with new talent...As councillors we were elected to do our very best for all the people of Cornwall and by taking up the challenge of leading Cornwall Council, we will be doing just that and seek to put people first.

– Cllr Paynter

The new leader has vowed to deliver on the Cornwall Devolution Deal, putting forward arguments for further powers and funding. "Cornwall understands Cornwall and we need the ability to deliver the solutions to our own problems, in particular powers over planning and housing" he says.

The council leader is pledging to:

  • increase funding to Adult Social Care
  • invest in excess of £200 million in building 1000 council houses
  • extend the living wage foundations to all council contracts

But alongside promises of cash injections in certain areas, Cllr Paynter says he understands that "we live in difficult financial times and I will ensure we utilise our finances as well as possible".

As a leader he pledges to work cross-party:

I will not be afraid to lead from the front when required although I will seek to build consensus on issues. I give you my commitment to work with all members irrespective of the party they represent and do my very best for Cornwall.

– Cllr Paynter