A series of announcements were made to Council.
1) The recent death of ex-County Councillor Peter Barnes was announced by the Chair. Peter served on the County Council between 2001 to 2013. As a member of the Liberal Democrat Group he served his community of Bidford-on-Avon and in that time served on a number of committees including the Regulatory Committee and Stratford-on-Avon Area Committee. In addition, he sat on the Royal Shakespeare Company Community Forum and the Marsh Farm Liaison Group. For the 2009/2010 municipal year Peter was Chair of Council, a role he is known to have thoroughly enjoyed. Members who knew Peter may or may not know that he was a gifted maker of corn dollies.
Council was informed that Peter Barnes’ funeral had been attended by the Chair and Monica Fogarty (Chief Executive). That the chapel at the funeral was full said much for the esteem that Peter Barnes was held in.
Members paid tribute to Peter Barnes and Council stood in silent memory.
2) Councillor Peter Gilbert informed Council that as it met so HRH Prince Charles was visiting locations in Warwickshire including Bedworth.
3) The Chair and Council thanked the Fire and Rescue Service for it’s very recent work dealing with the consequences of two major storms which had hit the UK.
4) Council was informed of a recent visit by 60 children from Thomas Jolyffe School in Stratford-upon-Avon. The children had debated matters in the Council chamber.