Gregah gets role on new authority
Former Berwick mayor, Gregah Roughead has been elected as the chairman of the North of Tyne Combined Authority overview and scrutiny committee.
Coun Roughead, who represents Berwick West with Ord on Northumberland County Council, was elected at its inaugural meeting held on Monday at Newcastle Civic Centre.
The overview and scrutiny committee enables councillors from Newcastle City, North Tyneside and Northumberland County Councils to scrutinise and challenge the cabinet and mayor of the combined authority through considering matters of strategic importance within the North of Tyne area, with a view to influencing their decisions.
Coun Roughead, who also represents Grove ward on Berwick Town Council said: “I would like to thank colleagues for their cross-party support on electing me as the first chairman of the North of Tyne Combined Authority overview and scrutiny committee, and I very much look forward to working with members over the coming weeks and months as we start developing our committee’s work programme.”
Last month he was nominated, shortlisted and made it to the finals of the Star Awards Young Councillor of the Year Award and was presented with a runners-up prize.
Coun Linda Wright, a Newcastle City councillor since 1996 and the city’s former lord mayor was elected as vice-chairman of the North of Tyne Combined Authority overview and scrutiny committee.
The other two members of the North of Tyne Combined Authority overview and scrutiny committee from Northumberland County Council are; Coun Grant Davey, the former council leader and Coun Gordon Stewart who is chairman of the Tynedale Local Area Council.