Leader praises ‘equality’

NMAC10-2465-2''Kirkby Ashfield District Council Offices
NMAC10-2465-2''Kirkby Ashfield District Council Offices

The leader of Ashfield District Council said the rising influence of women in the area’s political life was a great example of gender equality as he unveiled his new executive board.

At the Annual General Meeting of Ashfield District Council at Kirkby on Monday, Coun Chris Baron welcomed his new cabinet and said the final year of the administration would make the area a better place to live.

Coun Baron said: “It gives me the opportunity of welcoming the new deputy leader Cheryl Butler and also to give my thanks to Coun John Willmott who gave to the authority as deputy leader his considerable experience and knowledge of the operations of the council. On behalf of the authority we thank him.

“Ashfield now has a woman civic chairman, a woman civic vice chairman, a woman deputy leader and a woman Member of Parliament - a great example of equality.

“In this final year of the administration there will be projects and policy implementation presented to the council which in some cases will be ground breaking, in some cases which will be long overdue. “All of them will be something to be proud of.

“And whatever your role within Ashfield as a tenant a resident or a business they will all make Ashfield a better place to live.”

Labour councillors Warren Nuttall, David Shaw, John Wilmott and Jim Aspinall, join Coun Baron and Butler on the decision making body.

Coun Nuttall will be in charge of housing, Coun Shaw will run corporate services, Coun Wilmott will run partnerships and community and Coun Aspinall will be in charge of prosperity.

Councillors paid tribute to outgoing chairman Linford Gibbons. He was thanked for his commitment to the Council as he handed over the Official Chain to this years chair, Coun Liz Mays.

Coun Gibbons has raised a total of £5,260 for his Chairman’s Charity for his year as chairman of the council.