New chairman for South Norfolk Council

Councillors welcomed a new chairman at South Norfolk Council's AGM earlier this week.

Bob McClenning, the representative for Forncett, was chosen to replace outgoing chairman Sue Thomson, while Colin Gould was elected vice-chairman.

Meanwhile, council leader John Fuller was re-elected to the position.

Proposing Mr McClenning for the position, councillor Murray Gray joked: 'When I say Bob is retiring, I am not referring to his personality, I am referring to his employment status.'

And Christopher Kemp added his own tribute to Mr McClenning, saying: 'What this council needs is a philosophy and what unites us in this chamber is a belief in minimal taxes and people looking after themselves with minimal state support.'

In his acceptance speech, Mr McClenning said the themes of his year in charge would be community and service and volunteering within the community, and on that theme, he said his chosen charity for the year would be Scouting and Guiding in Norfolk.

The departing chairman said the highlights of her year included a sports day event at RAF Mildenhall and raising �700 for the charities, the St Thomas Lupus Trust and the MS Society.

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