Tributes paid to council’s deputy leader

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TRIBUTES have been paid to council’s deputy leader who has died.

Cllr Philip Hardcastle was deputy leader of East Northamptonshire Council and had represented the Barnwell ward since 2003.

He was also a member of the council’s planning policy and policy & resources committees and was also a past Chair of Rockingham Forest Housing Association.

Council leader Cllr Steven North said: “It was with great sadness that we learned of Phil’s death and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

“With his passing East Northamptonshire has lost a true friend. Phil’s contribution to the work of the council has been immense, and he also played an active role in the life and work of the local community. His extensive business experience and wise counsel were an asset when key decisions had to be made, in particular those affecting the economic well-being of the district. He will be much missed by us all.”

Councillors and staff at the authority have extended their sincere condolences to his wife Elaine, his family and many friends and colleagues.