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Cllr Charles Roberts

Local Authority: East Cambridgeshire District Council
Position: Leader
Portfolio: Economic Growth, New Homes & Communities
Telephone: 01353 665555
Email: charles.roberts@eastcambs.gov.uk

Cllr Charles Roberts is Deputy Mayor (statutory) & Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth. The Deputy Mayor carries a statutory responsibility and acts on behalf of the Mayor as designated or in their absence. Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead Member of the Business Board (local enterprise partnership) for the Combined Authority
  • In conjunction with the Business Board, responsible for the development of the Local Industrial Strategy Aligning delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy with the strategic framework of the Combined Authority
  • Relations with the business community, industry and enterprise 
  • Combined Authority local and national ambassador for key business sectors: 
    - Life Sciences and Healthcare 
    - Advanced Manufacturing
    - Agritech 
    - ICT, Digital and Creative  
  • Place-based growth strategies including Market Towns and Core Cities
  • Enterprise zones 
  • Impact of Brexit

Cllr Roberts is also Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, New Homes and Committee and Chair of the Housing and Communities Committee. Key responsibilities include:

  • Development of the Housing Strategy
  • Overseeing the delivery of major housing schemes – including the Housing Investment Fund
  • Monitoring and reporting to the Combined Authority Board on the affordable housing programmes, including:
    - Delivery of the £100M housing devolution investment fund for the Combined Authority area
    - Delivery of the £70M housing devolution investment fund to support Cambridge City
  • Strategic relationships with the HCA, housing providers, developers and builders
  • Culture and Tourism
  • Open Space and Amenities
  • Lead member for the Connecting Cambridgeshire Project
  • Wellbeing and Public Health issues across all Portfolios
  • Social action and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • Community Lead Member and Responsibility for the consultation strategy


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