A long serving Coventry City Councillor has announced his decision to stand down at the next local elections.
Dave Chater, councillor for Binley and Willenhall will stand down at next May’s elections after serving as a Coventry city councillor for nearly 30 years - since 1986.
He was Coventry’s Lord Mayor in 2000 to 2001 and has held senior roles across the Council, currently being the deputy chair of the Planning Committee.
Now, aged 67, he says it’s time for a younger person to take the seat he’ll vacate in Binley and Willenhall.
“It’s been a real honour to serve the people of Binley and Willenhall for the past 30 years,” he said. “But now I feel it’s time for a younger person – with the same passion and pride I’ve got for this fantastic city – to take on the role.
“There are some really exciting things happening across Coventry with some big challenges ahead for the city and local government.”
Council Leader, Cllr Ann Lucas said; “Dave has been a fantastic champion for Binley and Willenhall and the City for the past 30 years and everyone in the Council will miss him a great deal – although we know he’ll enjoy retirement immensely.”
Dave is not planning to retire from community work completely and will continue to Chair Willenhall Community Forum and the Affinity Federation Governing body.
Dave is also involved with several charities within Coventry. He is Chair and Trustee of the Willenhall Community Forum and also a Director/trustee of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and the new Coventry Independent Advice Services.