Councillors pay respects to the late Cllr Barry Dare
Release date: 15 July 2016
Leaders at Cotswold District Council have praised the outstanding contribution of Stow Ward Councillor Barry Dare who has passed away today after several bouts of illness over the last few years.
Cllr Dare, who also served as Leader of Gloucestershire County Council from 2005-10 (and Conservative Group Leader from 2002-10), represented the interests of the residents in the Cotswolds since he was first elected as a ward councillor in 2003; he served as the Councillor for Blockley from 2003 until 2015 and was then elected to represent Stow from 2015 to date. During his time at Trinity Road he filled a range of key roles, including Cabinet Member for Corporate Resource issues (2010-2013), and two stints as Chair of the Audit Committee (2007-10 and 2015-16). Highlights included his oversight of the ‘GO’ project which transformed the delivery of ‘back office’ functions across Cotswold, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire Councils. He also played a leading role in the leisure working group which was tasked with rebuilding the Cirencester leisure centre after the 2008 floods, using his experience as Chairman of the Local Government Flood Forum to good effect.
Leader of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Lynden Stowe, led the tributes to Cllr Dare:
“My condolences to Barry’s wife and family at this sad time. The word ‘distinguished’ is used too frequently these days but it is very appropriate when referring to Barry Dare. He was a tremendous asset during his time with the Council and he will be missed by us all. Among his many achievements, he worked tirelessly on our behalf with neighbouring authorities to help deliver a major efficiency programme which led to significant reductions in the cost of functions such as HR, finance, and accounting across the four councils. This also paved the way for more extensive work sharing arrangements through the ongoing 2020 Vision efficiency project. Illness prompted Barry to step down from the Cabinet in 2013 after he led on Corporate Resource issues for three years, but he continued to make a major contribution to our work, especially in areas where he could exercise his proven ability to challenge financial issues and troubleshoot related problems.”
The Deputy Leader, Cllr Nick Parsons, was equally impressed by Cllr Dare’s career:
"In many ways, Barry was the ‘Father of the House’ figure at Trinity Road, drawing on his vast experience as a County Councillor, successful businessman and member of the police authority and other external committees. Like many councillors at Cotswold, I am indebted to him for his help and advice over the years and he richly deserves the many other glowing accolades that he has been attracting from many of our Members and officers today.”
Council chairman Cllr Mark Annett said:
“I am so sorry to hear of the sad passing of Barry Dare. He was a very experienced and wise District Councillor who was always able to provide me and others with kind support and good advice. We will all miss him very much and our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this difficult time.”
Leader of the Cotswold Lib Dem Group, Cllr Joe Harris, added:
“I’m very sad to hear about the death of Barry Dare; my thoughts and feelings go out to his wife, family and friends.
“He always struck me as real gentleman and, despite being on opposite sides politically, he was always personable and someone who could often put political differences aside in the pursuit of noble causes. When he became the Leader of Gloucestershire County Council he faced huge financial challenges having to make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions in the public interest. Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have lost a towering figure.”