Knight is new ADC chairman

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Coun Ken Knight is the new chairman of Ashfield District Council after being unanimously voted into the position by fellow councillors.

He replaces Coun May Barsby, who was thanked by members for her ‘sterling work’ in her fifth term as council chairman.

During the last year, Coun Barsby, who is a Labour counciilor for Sutton East, attended more than 80 events as part of her civic duty, including sporting events, award presentations and opening garden fetes.

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

Coun John Wilmott, deputy leader, thanked Coun Barsby for representing the council so well.

“She’s 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, ‘sometimes under extremely difficult circumstances’.

And Liberal Democrat councillor Jason Zadrozny said that she had been ‘incredibly patient but always fair and tolerant and a wonderful ambassador.’

New chairman Ken Knight has chosen the Teenage Cancer Trust as his charity for the year.

The new vice-chairman is Coun Linford Gibbons.