Councillor Adrienne Lowe (Widewater ward) was elected chair of Adur District Council at its annual meeting.

Councillor Andy Harvey (Eastbrook) was elected deputy chair.

At the same meeting the newly elected leader of the council, Jeremy Gardner, announced the cabinet members for the new Labour-led administration. The new council’s cabinet comprises:

  • Councillor Jeremy Gardner, leader of the council
  • Councillor Lee Cowen, deputy leader and Cabinet member for Adur Homes and Customer Services 
  • Councillor Becky Allinson, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning
  • Councillor Jude Harvey, Cabinet member for the Environment and Leisure 
  • Councillor Saffa Jan, Cabinet member for Resources 
  • Councillor Sharon Sluman, Cabinet member for Communities and Well-being  

Adrienne was elected a Labour and Cooperative Party councillor on 2 May. A former teacher, she has been active in the Cooperative group for many years, chairs the trustees of Adur Voluntary Action, and supports the Woodcraft Folk movement for children and young people.

She described the meeting as historic: “A Labour controlled council in Adur; a council for the community which will listen to, work with and act for them.

“Adur is made up of many diverse communities and its richness lies in its people.  The council has a role to play in bringing our communities together, working with and supporting residents, local groups and businesses so that we have a thriving future.  As a resident of Adur for 40 years, I see it as imperative that we all work together co-operatively to achieve the aim of a fairer, greener Adur.

“The key to this is going to be working together. I have known many of you for what must total hundreds of years, whether as colleagues in the Labour Party, teacher to several of your children, working with you when I was a councillor on Lancing Parish 20 years ago or just attending Fairtrade coffee mornings with you.  With your help we can make local lives better and achieve so much.”

Adrienne announced that her two charities of the year will be Lancing and Sompting Foodbank and Adur Special Needs Project.  The former operates out of the Harriet Johnson centre in Sompting and the family centre in Lancing and the latter out of school hours at Heronsdale school.


(Left to right) Jeremy Gardner, Leader of the council, Adrienne Lowe, Chair of the council, Lee Cowen, Deputy Leader of the Council
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