‘Sad loss’ of Pendle Council stalwart

Nelson Town Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons
Nelson Town Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons

Tributes were paid at Pendle Council’s budget meeting to former councillor Shelagh Derwent, who has been forced to vacate her seat in the Blacko and Higherford ward after not attending a meeting since July.

Coun. Derwent, a former Mayor of the borough, also served as a Conservative county councillor for the Pendle West division until last year’s elections.

Leader of the council Coun. Joe Cooney said Mrs Derwent had suffered difficult personal circumstances which should be treated with compassion.

Labour group leader Coun. Mohammed Iqbal served with her on both Pendle and the county council and said her departure was a “sad loss” to the council.

For the Liberal Democrats, Coun. John David said she had had a substantial career in local government and the council would miss her expertise.

l At the start of the meeting, members stood in silence in respect of two former councillors, Alan Evans and Mohammed Jamil Munir, who have died recently.