Councillor lands top civic post

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A HUCKNALL councillor has been unanimously voted into the role of chairman of Ashfield District Council.

COUN KEN KNIGHT (Lab), steps up from the post of vice-chairman and will take charge of business at full council meetings over the next year.

He will also be the civic figurehead of the authority, carrying out public engagements and raising money for charity.

The decision was made at the council’s annual general meeting and he takes over from COUN MAY BARSBY (Lab), who was thanked by members for her ‘sterling work’ in her fifth term as chairman.

During the last year, Coun Barsby, who represents Sutton East, attended more than 80 events as part of her civic duty, including sporting occasions, award presentations and garden fetes.

She also raised more than £1,800 for her chosen charity, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab, of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of the council, thanked Coun Barsby for representing the council so well.

“She has been able to socialise with people in all walks of life, including hobnobbing with members of the Royal Family, during her five terms of office,” he said.

Opposition councillors were also generous in their praise of Coun Barsby’s chairmanship.

Coun Gail Turner, of Selston Area Independents, said that she thought Coun Barsby had been ‘very fair’ in her conduct during council meetings.

The new vice-chairman is Coun Linford Gibbons (Lab).