THE by-election is set to result in a committee reshuffle for the SNP minority administration at Clackmannanshire Council.

And it will bring a host of responsibilities for recently elected Councillor Jane McTaggart, who retained the Nationalist seat in the Central Ward following the departure of Phil Fairlie.

If all is agreed at tomorrow’s (Thursday, April 18) full council meeting, she will be vice convener on the People Committee, taking over from former council leader Cllr Les Sharp, who is moving over to become the secondary chair of the Partnership & Performance Committee.

Cllr McTaggart will also become vice convener on the Planning Committee, taking over from colleague Cllr Craig Holden.

Another appointment for the recently elected councillor will come as the local authority’s representative on the Spittal Trust and the Alloa Day Home Trust.

These positions were previously filled by outgoing Phil Fairlie who was the previous SNP representative for the Central Ward.

The council also has representation on the Clackmannan District Brass Band Trust, arrangements for which require two members from each the Central Ward and the South Ward.

Earlier in February it was agreed Cllr Sharp would replace Mr Fairlie there, but in light of the by-election result the administration will seek agreement to replace the former group leader with Cllr McTaggart on the trust.

Current council leader Cllr Ellen Forson is also set to step down as the local authority’s representative for Children’s Hearings Scotland and again, Cllr McTaggart is ready to take over.

The final appointment, if agreed, will see her replace Mr Holden as board member on Cosla’s Community Wellbeing Board.

Meanwhile North Ward SNP representative Cllr Helen Lewis, who was also a by-election success for the party after voters weathered the Beast from the East to cast their votes, will take over in the chair of the Partnership & Performance Committee.

She will replace colleague Cllr Donald Balsillie, and moving up a run on the ladder from vice convener.

Cllr Balsillie is also resigning from the Licensing Board where Mr Holden will replace him.

At the same time the administration group is looking to amend how its represented on the Clackmannanshire Alliance, which brings together many local partners who deliver a variety of services.

Instead of the council leader and deputy leader on this body, it will be the council leader and one other member of the administration group representing the local authority, should the change be agreed.

If that goes ahead Cllr Sharp will be replacing current deputy Cllr Balsillie on the Clackmannanshire Alliance.