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Lichfield District Council’s deputy leader confirms decision to stand down

The deputy leader of Lichfield District Council is to step down.

Cllr Val Richards

Cllr Val Richards

Cllr Val Richards will remain as a representative for Hammerwich ward, but will also relinquish her role as cabinet member for leisure, communication and tourism at the end of the year.

“Having been a cabinet member for more than ten years and then deputy leader for seven years, I feel the time is right to move aside to allow a flow of new ideas and views to the cabinet,” said Cllr Richards.

“In my time I have worked across a number of service areas, including leisure, housing, environmental health and community services, and have enjoyed working closely with such passionate and dedicated officers and members at Lichfield District Council.

“I am also looking forward to being able to spend more time with my husband and family.

“I will remain a ward councillor for Hammerwich and very much part of the council.”

The leader of the council, Cllr Mike Wilcox, paid tribute to his colleague following the announcement.

“We are really sorry to lose Val from the Cabinet and from her role as Deputy Leader,” he said.

“She has played an important part in the cabinet over the past decade, and I will miss her measured approach to issues and wise advice.”

The leading group will elect a new deputy leader in November. Cllr Val Richards will formally stand down from her roles in December.

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3 Comments

  1. Cllr Steve Norman

    21st September, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Following the outrage by the public and my Labour Group)at the zero consultation on the first phase of Fit for the Future where Community Services were slashed to make urgent savings it looks like Val is a victim of the Darnford Park woods plan where(ironically)there was some consultation (see http://tiny.cc/emlr3w)though clearly like the Beacon Park fiasco – not enough!

  2. Rob

    21st September, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    “Outrage”?
    Must have missed it, when did that happen?

  3. Andre Hefer

    27th September, 2013 at 10:10 am

    So Cllr Val Richards (Leisure, Communications and Tourism) joins Cllr Margaret Stanhope (Democratic & Legal) & Cllr Alan White (Development) in leaving the cabinet this year. Yet the banana skins keep coming.

    Cllr Richards’ depature announcement came within hours of a public protest by the Save Darnford Park action group. The Council’s Leisure Scrutiny Committee said that public consultation about a 7,000 tree woodland was “deeply flawed”. An alternative plan, proposed by residents, involving 1,600 trees was accepted. This U-turn will cost the Council £25,000.

    Councillors Eagland, Spruce, Greatorex, Smedley and White live within a mile of Darnford Park. (See map click on the markers for their contact details). Why did it take public protests and a 1,300 signature petition before these Councillors realised how unpopular the mega woodland plan was?

    The Darnford Park consultation repeated the mistakes made during consultation about the Minster Pool railings. These have been highlighted by the Lichfield Civic Society.

    Hopefully the Council will really “learn lesson” this time!