Councillor Steve Jordan to step down as leader of Cheltenham Borough Council after 12 years

On Tuesday 29 September 2020, Councillor Steve Jordan leader of Cheltenham Borough Council has announced that after 30 years of dedicated service as a ward councillor and the last 12 years as leader, he will be stepping down as a councillor at the next election in May 2021.

Councillor Steve Jordan will step down as leader of Cheltenham Borough Council sometime before May 2021, and is discussing a timetable for that with his colleagues.

Speaking about his decision, Cllr Steve Jordan said: "During my 30 years as a councillor I have thoroughly enjoyed making contributions both locally within my ward, All Saints, and as leader of the council. I will continue in my role until a new leader is elected. My focus until then will be supporting the delivery of our ambitious strategy to lead Cheltenham’s economic and community recovery.”

Steve accomplished some fantastic achievements during his tenure. Here are just a few highlights:

  • The Olympic Torch Relay Event 2012. Steve bid for it when many others were sceptical, turning into great event for Cheltenham with 50k+ people lining streets or at the racecourse.
  • Joint Core Strategy for Cheltenham, Gloucester & Tewkesbury. Providing a long term plan for Cheltenham’s future needs, allocating sites for affordable housing & jobs while protecting much loved green spaces.
  • Golden Valley/Cyber Central/West Cheltenham. A huge project for the area, with the council taking lead by investing £37.5m in site and another £100m in new affordable housing.
  • Helped gain 2 national awards as ‘best commercial council’ in 2019.

We cannot thank Steve enough for his tireless work and effort for Cheltenham and our residents.

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