A new chairman was sworn in at Harborough District Council last night (Monday) for the 2014/15 year.
Cllr Geraldine Robinson (Cons) handed over the chain of office to incoming chairman Cllr Neville Hall (Cons) at the council’s The Symington Building HQ in Adam and Eve Street, Harborough, last night ahead of the local authority’s full council meeting.
Cllr Hall, of Grange Farm, Knaptoft, near Lutterworth, is the ward member for Peatling.
He was first elected in May 2011 and has served on various committees including planning and scrutiny, and on advisory panels on planning policy, the redeveloped council HQ and Harborough Market.
Married to Kim, they have three children and four grandchildren, and his hobbies include gardening, riding, the countryside and following the Leicester Tigers rugby team.
Retired from the textiles industry, Cllr Hall is now involved with managing a dairy business at Knaptoft, leaving his son to run the family sock firm Pantherella in Leicester.
For his upcoming year of office, Cllr Hall says he would like to promote young people, and some of the funds he hopes to raise from events during the year will be donated to the Derbyshire, Rutland and Leicestershire Air Ambulance.
The chairman’s role is a ceremonial post rather than a political position.
Former council leader Mike Rook, the ward member for Tilton, has been appointed as the vice-chairman for the year.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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