Tributes paid to ‘tireless work’ of Leeds councillor

Coun Clive Fox.
Coun Clive Fox.
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Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to a long-serving councillor who died this week after a short illness.

Coun Clive Fox, who died on Tuesday, first entered local politics as a member of the now-defunct West Yorkshire County Council, representing Otley and Wharfedale from 1977 to 1981.

He was then elected to Leeds City Council in 2000, initially serving the Otley and Wharfedale ward and then Adel and Whafedale following boundary reviews in 2004.

However, we was also a member of Arthington Parish Council for over 25 years and, in 2012, chalked up a similar milestone with neighbouring Bramhope & Carlton parish council.

In his professional life, Coun Fox was a graduate of Manchester University and Manchester Business School and ran his own childrenswear buisness in Huddersfield until the factory was destroyed by fire in 1980. He then retrained as qualified as a chartered accountant, finding a new role with the Leeds Tannary in Sheepscar until his retirement in 200 to concentrate on his duties with the city council.

An active and enthusiastic member of the CPRE, Coun Fox enjoyed walking and frequently campaigned to protect the greenbelt. He was also a member of the Pudsey and Disforth Motorway Action Group, which fought plans to link the M62 to the A1.

Paying tribute yesterday, fellow Bramhope councillor Colin Robertson remembered Coun Fox as “an enormous support”.

“He helped me in carrying out a lot of reforms and improvements to the village properties and environment, including the setting up of the Bramhope Village Property Trust to buy land for the village,” he said.

“He worked tirelessly for the residents which was reflected in his repeated re-election as a ward councillor for Leeds.

“He was also a walking reference book on Bramhope’s history which was superbly deployed in several history walks during village festivals. Clive’s commitment to Bramhope was unfailing and he will be greatly missed.”

Coun Fox wed wife Diane in 1980 and the couple had lived in Bramhope all their married life.

Coun Fox also leaves two children - son Mark and daughter Lindsay.

The family expects funeral arrangements to be announced shortly.