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Tributes paid to former council chairman Ann Carlisle

Fenland District Council's official flag is flying at half-mast at Fenland Hall in March as a mark of respect to former council chairman, Ann Carlisle, who died this week.

Ann Carlisle

It will remain there in her honour until her funeral.

A minute's silence was held at the start of today's Cabinet meeting (October 20).

Council leader Cllr John Clark said: "All Members will be greatly saddened to hear of the death this week of former chairman Ann Carlisle. Although I never knew her personally, my father worked alongside her and had great respect for her, both as a person and as a councillor."

Miss Carlisle was a council member from 1995 to 2007 and its chairman from 2001 to 2004.

The committees she served on were Cabinet, Planning, Appeals, Community Services (Environment & Public Works), Community Services (Housing & Property), Policy & Resources and the Leisure Services Board.

Wisbech councillor Simon King, who knew her well, said: "We first met Ann when we moved to North Brink in 1990. She made a point of welcoming us and making clear that the North Brink had certain standards she would ensure we lived up to.

"I miss her as a friend and fellow councillor although I am glad she is now free of the dreadful illness that afflicted her."

Cllr David Oliver took over from Miss Carlisle as the member representing the Peckover ward on the council when she resigned. He said: "Ann loved Wisbech and did everything she possibly could for it. She was a great ambassador for the town."

Article added October 21, 2016