Councillor Caroline Horrill has been elected as the new leader of Winchester City Council.

The election for a new leader came after Stephen Godfrey resigned from the role due to “pressures and obligations” coming his way.

In a statement from Winchester City Council, Cllr Horrill said: “We must adopt a new business-minded, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to delivering financial stability to the council.”

Cllr Horrill will be the sixth Conservative leader of the council in six years.

Speaking of his successor, Cllr Godfrey assured Winchester News Online that the council was still focused on “making sure Winchester remains a great place to live”.

The former leader said: “Caroline has proved herself to be a very effective councillor and has so far succeeded in the challenging role of portfolio holder for housing services.”

Cllr Horrill will have several challenges to face in her new role, including a reworking of plans for the Silver Hill development scheme which collapsed last year.

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