Sheringham man new Norfolk County Council chairman

Just Regional
May 27, 2014 3 mins read

Sheringham born and bred Brian Hannah, whose key focus is community safety and keeping Norfolk as a pleasant place to live, is the new Chairman of the County Council.

Mr Hannah was sworn in as Chairman at a meeting of the Full Council today (Tuesday 27 May) at County Hall in Norwich.

Commenting on his new role, Brian said: “It is a great pleasure and honour to have been elected as Chairman of the Council especially at a time when we are now entering into a new era for the Authority.

“I look forward to the challenge ahead which will provide the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people around the county.”

Cllr Hannah entered local politics as a Liberal Democrat member of North Norfolk District Council for Sheringham North in 1987 and was later elected to Norfolk County Council in 2001. For the past year Brian has been the County Council’s Vice Chairman.

Brian has lived in Sheringham all his life, attending Sheringham primary and secondary schools. He spent some years as a choir boy at St Peters Church and belonged to the local Scout group. He is the ‘son of a Shannock’ (person born in Sheringham of Sheringham parents) whose descendants were fishermen and served on our local lifeboats.  Cllr Hannah married a local girl, Beverley in 1970 and they have had two children, Howard and Bruce, who also attended the local schools. Brian and Beverley have six grandchildren.

Brian spent much of his working career employed by the Prison Service, joining in 1974 and retiring in 2001. His 28 year service saw him deal with all categories of prisoner and covering most tasks in the service including detached duties and working in other prisons.

Prior to becoming a councillor, Brian had involved himself in the local community by being a retained firefighter; joining The Lobster Potties; managing the Vikings Swimming Club; helping run the local Youth Club; serving on the Carnival Committee; and chairing the Sheringham in Bloom committee.

“I am a very keen supporter of local voluntary groups, and particularly encouraging them to gain funding and encouraging others to get involved. During my year as County Council Chairman I will continue to champion this approach.

“I am equally passionate about community safety, keeping Norfolk as a low crime area, and a delightful place to live. I spent six years on the Police Authority and now sit on the Police and Crime Panel of Norfolk County Council. I am particularly interested in the introduction of Restorative Approaches to the County Council and to see the growth of this sensible approach to conflict used in schools, increasingly by the Police and in the wider community of Norfolk.”

The Council agreed unanimously that Mr Hannah should be elected as Chairman.

It was also agreed by the Council that UKIP Cllr for Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown Rex Parkinson-Hare, who has been a member of the County Council for five years, should become Vice-Chairman.

Former Chairman Hilary Cox handing over the reigns to Cllr Brian Hannah

Former Chairman Hilary Cox handing over the reigns to Cllr Brian Hannah

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