Unexpected new role for Adur council’s leader

S41036P9_SH_ADUR GT  13.10.09.'' Adur District Councillors .......  Neil Parkin       S41036P9.
S41036P9_SH_ADUR GT 13.10.09.'' Adur District Councillors ....... Neil Parkin S41036P9.
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ADUR district council chairman Neil Parkin will be lobbying government ministers after taking on a new role – unexpectedly.

ADUR district council chairman Neil Parkin will be lobbying government ministers after taking on a new role – unexpectedly.

Cllr Parkin was attending the inaugural meeting of the Local Goverment Association (LGA) shared chief executive special interest group, and volunteered to chair the meeting, not realising a year-long role would become his.

Mr Parkin said: “I was surprised when I was appointed chairman. I went along to the meeting to see if anything was in it for our council, and was elected chairman for 
the year. At the start of the meeting, they asked for a volunteer from among members to chair that meeting, and when no-one’s hand went up, I thought, I’ll do it.

“At the end of the meeting, I asked who was taking it over and they said you have it for the year.”

The LGA’s special interest group members make representations direct to the government on issues arising in their own fields, and Mr Parkin could now find himself lobbying ministers – but it should not mean too much travelling, as he explained.

“I will be lobbying ministers on certain things so I don’t actually have to go to London all the time, I can lobby by email or phone.”

“Not too much will change for me as a chairman, although you never know, I suppose my name will be recognised at the LGA.”

Neil added: “All my colleagues thought I should carry on with the role. I was keen to do it to help Adur and Worthing progress further and save money for residents.”