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Former Chairman, Councillor Andy Quinn has passed away

It is with deep regret the Council announces our former Chairman Councillor Andy Quinn has passed away.

Councillor Quinn was a dedicated councillor who served on a number of committees and stood up for his local community and his home village of Embsay.

He was elected to the Council in 2002, representing the Embsay with Eastby Ward, and was re-elected in May 2015.

He was Chairman of the Council in 2011/12, when he raised £3,256 for his Good Causes, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Reg Vaux Snowdrop Appeal (research into Mesothelioma).

Council leader, Councillor Richard Foster, said: "I am saddened by the news that we have lost a hardworking and dedicated Councillor. My thoughts are with Gill and the family. Andy will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Council and in his ward of Embsay."

Councillor Quinn sat as a member of the Standards Committee throughout his period of office, and similarly the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (renamed the Select Committee) for all but one year. He was the current Vice-Chairman of that Committee.

He also sat as a member of the Licensing Committee for 10 years, taking on the role of Chairman of that Committee in 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2013/14. Most recently he also became a member of the Planning Committee in 2014/15.