New Chair

Garsdale Parish Council in Lookaround

Acknowledged at the last meeting of the council was the fine service over a period of years rendered by Michael Roper as Chair. Unfortunately, due to the pressure of work commitments, Michael has decided to stand down from that position though fully intending to continue involvement as a councillor.  Tony Roberts was unanimously elected as his replacement.

Over the last few months a significant amount of work has been completed on the super-fast broadband initiative. The government’s eStrategy has at its heart the development of a rural infrastructure with next-generation super-fast access. The Parish council, in partnership with their colleagues in Dentdale particularly Jock Cairns, David Pilgrim and Anne Fleck, have collaborated to ensure that Garsdale and Dentdale are at the pioneering and development forefront of this scheme. The instigation of fibre GarDen was a key element of the work. At the time of the last Parish Council meeting news was imminent regarding the announcement of funding for the pilot schemes of which there is high expectation that Garsdale and Dentdale will be one.

Once the announcement is made, the next phase of planning will commence: there will be significant involvement and work demanded of the Parish Council in bringing the scheme to fruition. Garsdale Parish Council representation on the fibre GarDen board is through Tony Roberts (as Finance Director) and David Labatte.  At the meeting of the Parish Council the considerable work and impressive expertise of Tony Roberts along with other Garsdale residents, John Colton and Stefan Kosciuszko, in bringing the initiative to the point that it is was duly acknowledged.

News of future developments, as well minutes of council meetings, will be posted on the Garsdale parish council website –

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