Lancaster and Morecambe’s only representative on the county council’s cabinet said she will make sure the district’s voice is heard.
County Coun for Morecambe West Janice Hanson, who also represents Harbour Ward and is deputy leader on the city council, has responsibility for public protection and waste, and was given a cabinet position when Labour took control of Lancashire last month.
She said that the county council had to find £350m of savings over the next two years, and admitted that this was a “big job”.
She also said that she would be campaigning to retain the Altham Meadows Dementia Care Unit in Lancaster.
“People can’t be travelling to Blackpool and back to see a loved one in this particular condition, and the amount of stress and strain this will place on the situation is too great,” she said.
Her responsiblity for waste is one she said her family and friends had been joking about, but one she herself takes very seriously.
“I’ve been involved in the two big waste technology plants at Thornton and Farrington for the last four years. These are fantastic, state of the art new facilities and we’re currently getting all the new technology in place. We’re looking at all sorts of ways of using it, from composting to the types of plastic we recycle.
“We’ve got to get the funding right, get the things we send there right, all the while making sure it doesn’t cost the taxpayer too much.
In public protection she will be focussing on trading standards, the coroners office, records and archives. She added: “I’ll be doing my best to make sure the Lancaster district’s voice is heard at county level, and I’ll be making my voice heard as well.”