Father and son take charge at council

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Belper Town Council is now a real family affair - after a father and son pairing took up the two top jobs on the authority.

Councillor Joe Booth has been sworn- in as mayor of the town, while his son Dan Booth has taken the deputy’s job - paving the way for him to become one of Belper’s youngest ever mayors next year at the age of 24, if he is re-elected.

The pair have taken the helm after a troubled year at the top of the council - with Belper’s former mayor, Deborah Biss being stripped of her public duties following a vote of no confidence.

Trouble flared on the authority in November last year when Councillor Biss claimed that the Friends of Belper Parks had been unfairly treated by both the town council and Amber Valley Borough Council.

Councillor Joe Booth has been attending events in the mayor’s place as deputy for the last few months.

Speaking to the Belper News Joe Booth said: “It’s been an awful year for the history of Belper Town Council. I care about the town I was born and bred here.

“We are all volunteers and we should be striving to do our best for Belper. I am so proud that my name is going on the board alongside mayors who inspired me such as Arthur Chapman.

“It was a very proud moment to have Dan become the deputy but he is definitely his own man and we have our differences in the council chamber as we do in our day to day lives.

“If I thought he would tow the line and put his hand up whenever I wanted him to I wouldn’t have suggested he go on the council.”

Dan Booth was co-opted on to Belper Town Council in late 2013.

He also ran for the 
Belper South ward at the 
recent Amber Valley Borough Council elections but was pipped to the post by Labour’s Erik Johnsen.

Dan said: “I’m very pleased to have been elected as Deputy Town Mayor of Belper, I think I’m the youngest person to have been given the job. It’s also great to have made history as first ever father and son Mayor and Deputy Mayor.”