Man behind Dales projects retires after 37 years

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The man responsible for some of the Dales’ biggest development projects has retired after 37 years of service.

As Derbyshire Dales District Council’s director of planning and development, Dave Brooks has been responsible for many large projects.

These included The Bakewell Project, Bakewell Pool, Ashbourne and Wirksworth Leisure Centres, The Matlock Parks Project, IMPRESS (Crown Square, Matlock) and latterly Arc Leisure Matlock.

Dave said: “I have enjoyed my 37 years at Derbyshire Dales immensely. Every project has presented its own unique challenges, but together with colleagues and members, I believe we have managed to make a difference.

“Of that I am very proud and thankful to Derbyshire Dales District Council.”

Chief executive David Wheatcroft said: “I have worked with Dave throughout his career in local government and his skills will be sorely missed. We wish Dave well in all his new projects.”

Dave joined Matlock Urban District Council in 1973 as an engineering assistant, transferring to the then West Derbyshire District Council in April 1974.

He became a chief officer in 1985, having qualified as a chartered civil engineer.