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Broads Authority forced to appoint new chairman for second time in a year

PUBLISHED: 12:32 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:28 14 May 2019

Haydn Thirtle, left, pictured in his role as Broads Authority chairman with James Reeve of Greater Anglia and Julian Glover. Picture: The Broads Authority

Haydn Thirtle, left, pictured in his role as Broads Authority chairman with James Reeve of Greater Anglia and Julian Glover. Picture: The Broads Authority

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The Broads Authority is on the hunt for its second new chairman in the space of a year, following the deselection of its current one.

Last July, Haydn Thirtle was elected the authority's new chairman, after the resignation from the role of his predecessor Jacquie Burgess.

Mr Thirtle, one of Norfolk County Council's representatives on the board, was elected chairman ahead of Lana Hempsall, Broadland District Council's appointed member.

However, his time as chairman will come to an end after just a year in post, after he it emerged he would not be re-selected as a county council member.

Norfolk County Council's cabinet is due to appoint its two representatives for the Broads Authority on Monday and leader Andrew Proctor has confirmed Mr Thirtle will not be one of these.

He said: "I would like to thank Haydn Thirtle for his service as county council representative on the Broads Authority.

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"The brief of the new member I appoint will be to pursue my ambitions to work better with both the authority and its member bodies, who will play a key role in its success."

The decision has left the BA in need of selecting a new chairman, which it will do at its annual general meeting in the summer.

A BA spokesman said: "Members and officers of the Broads Authority are disappointed to learn that Haydn Thirtle will not be re-appointed by Norfolk County Council.

"This means that a new chairman will be selected by members at its annual meeting on Friday, July 26."

Mr Thirtle said: "It was an absolute honour and privilege to have been elected chairman, having originally been appointed as a member by the previous leader of Norfolk County Council, the late Cliff Jordan.

"The Broads Authority is a wonderful, committed organisation with great staff and ambition, but also with great responsibility in these changing times."

The development caps a disappointing May for Mr Thirtle, who also lost his seat on Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the local election.

He previously represented the Fleggburgh ward on the council but suffered a crushing defeat to independent candidate Adrian Thompson.

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