Lib Dems retain control of Portsmouth City Council at key annual meeting

14 May 2024

At Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting of Portsmouth City Council, it was confirmed that Liberal Democrat Cllr Steve Pitt will continue as Leader of the Council following the party’s strong performance at the recent Local Elections. Portsmouth Lib Dems held the six seats they were defending and made a gain in Eastney & Craneswater ward, where they now have all three councillors.

Cllr Steve Pitt speaking at the Annual Council meeting
Cllr Steve Pitt speaking at Portsmouth City Council's key Annual Council meeting

The Portsmouth Liberal Democrats at their strongest in a decade, topping the popular vote in the south of the city, as well as retaining 6 councillors in Portsmouth North.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council said:

“I am delighted to be able to continue the work our Liberal Democrat administration has started over the last few years. We are building a greener, fairer and safer city for everyone.

“Over the next two years, we are determined to push forward with our plans to build more council homes, plant more trees, improve public transport as well as cycling and walking, secure doorstep glass & plastics recycling, support our port to become the UK’s first to become carbon neutral and do whatever we can to support those who are still struggling with the Tory cost of living crisis.

“In the near future, we expect to secure planning permission for the new leisure centre at Bransbury Park, delivering on our promise to build fit for purpose swimming facilities to serve the south east of the city. We also need to accelerate work to exit the current Civic Offices, which are costing local taxpayers far too much money and relocate to a new, smaller, more environmentally sustainable building, which is cheaper to operate.

“There is much to do and our team are ready to deliver.”

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