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Cllr Catt is new Chairman of the District

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s newly appointed Deputy Leader Councillor Albert Catt will also take on a civic leadership role in the coming year.

Cllr Albert Catt left and Cllr Tom Donnelly Doveridge and Sudbury ward’s Councillor Catt succeeds Carol Walker as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, and will represent the district at around 100 engagements in the county in 2015/16.

Praising his predecessor, whose civic year ended at the District Council’s annual meeting last week, Councillor Catt said:

"Carol Walker has also stood down as a councillor after many years of dedicated service and hard work.  There is hardly a committee or workshop she has not served on and left her mark.  If I were to pick just one of the many legacies Carol leaves us it must be the induction and training programme which we are now enjoying as councillors.”

He added:

“This is a council of which anybody would be proud to be an ambassador.  This is a council where members respect each other’s point of view and the right to express it.  From whichever side of the political spectrum we come, members work together to achieve the very best they can for all the people of Derbyshire Dales.”

Councillor Catt’s deputy in the civic role for 2015/16 is Ashbourne Councillor Tom Donnelly.

The annual meeting also agreed the creation of a new committee structure.  The number of policy committees has been reduced from three to two and two area planning committees have been combined into a single committee that will meet alternately every four weeks, in Ashbourne and Matlock.

Councillor Jacquie Stevens was appointed chairman of the new Governance & Resources policy committee, and Councillor Jo Wild was appointed Chairman of the new Community & Environment policy committee. The Planning Committee will be chaired by Councillor Garry Purdy.

Other appointments on a new-look authority for 2015/16 included Councillor Sir Richard Fitzherbert as Council Chairman, whose job it is to lead full meetings of the authority. Deputy Chairman is Councillor Andrew Shirley.

The authority’s longest serving member, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, was re-selected as Leader by the controlling Conservative group after last month’s elections.

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