A CATHEDRAL councillor has admitted his decision to leave the city council’s cabinet was made with a ‘heavy heart’.
Coun Jabba Riaz, who held the portfolio for Clean, Green and Leisure Services resigned from the cabinet for personal reasons.
Despite his depature, the popular councillor has vowed to continue to represent the residents of Cathedral on Worcester City Council.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have made the decision to leave the cabinet,” he said.
“It has been an honour to play a leading role in providing essential services Worcester residents rely on, but I know we have excellent staff in the council who will continue to deliver for the good of the city.
“I know my cabinet colleagues will also continue to work hard to build a successful future for Worcester.
“Sadly, family circumstances mean I cannot continue to play as active a role as I have done,” he added.
Council leader and Labour group leader Coun Adrian Gregson paid tribute to his efforts and said he was sorry Coun Riaz wasn’t able to continue his work.
“He has been a determined and committed colleague, fighting hard to keep standards high and showing great commitment to ensuring Worcester people receive excellent services,” he said.
“Jabba is devoted to public service in our city and I am sure he will one day play an active role again in building a successful future for Worcester.
“On behalf of all the cabinet, I want to thank Jabba for all his hard work and I want to send our best wishes to him and his family,” he added.
Because of the imminent move to a committee style of governance at the Guildhall, Coun Gregson has decided not to name a replacement for Coun Riaz.
His responsibilities will therefore be shared among the remaining cabinet members with Coun Joy Squires taking on waste and recycling collection and street cleaning while Coun Roger Berry will be responsible for play areas.
Grounds and parks maintenance will be under the guidance of Coun Lynn Denham while bereavement services, car parks and environmental enforcement will be handled by Coun Geoff Williams.
Coun Gregon will take on the remaining responsibilities of sport and leisure, flooding and emergency response.