Cllr Ashok Kumar selected as Redbridge’s new cabinet member for leisure and youth services

Cllr Ashok Kumar

Cllr Ashok Kumar - Credit: Archant

Cllr Ashok Kumar has been selected as the new cabinet member for leisure and youth services after Cllr Robin Turbefield’s sudden resignation.

The leader and deputy leader of Redbridge Council chose Cllr Kumar as the right man for the post yesterday.

The Conservative councillor has represented Cranbrook ward since 2002 and was mayor in 2006/7.

Now, he is looking forward to the challenge of his first cabinet position.

Cllr Kumar said: “It’s a bit of a challenge, especially in these challenging times.

“I’ve got lots of experience working with youth and leisure is something we all want.

“I live in Ilford south and I would like to think outside of the box on how we can improve facilities all around the borough.”

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The father-of-four sits on the children’s services and leisure scrutiny committee, general purposes committee, Redbridge Children’s Trust advisory committee and regional planning committee south.

He also represents the council in the BME Councillors’ Network and the Redbridge Sports Forum.

Cllr Kumar said he has no “particular” priorities in mind until he has been fully briefed and brought up to speed by council officers.

He also hopes to be given a helping hand by departing cabinet member Cllr Turbefield.

He said: “Robin did a wonderful job.

“He worked hard, especially for housing and Vision and I was sad to see him go.

“He’s a colleague and I’m sure he will be giving me support and help.”

Cllr Turbefield resigned for “personal reasons” on Friday and will continue serving as a councillor for Bridge ward.

It was the second resignation from cabinet in four months.

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