Councillors urged to smarten their appearance

ALL eyes will be on the personal appearance of the male members of the Derwent Valley Council at tomorrow night’s monthly meeting of the council in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 6pm.

At last month’s meeting, Cr Jim Elliott expressed his concern at the declining dress standards of male councillors, and asked whether there was a dress code. Mayor Martyn Evans said he would investigate.

A quick survey of the sartorial state of play at the meeting showed:

Mayor Evans – business shirt and tie
Deputy Mayor Farrell – business shirt and tie
Councillor Elliott – business shirt and tie
Councillor Lathey – business shirt and tie
Councillor Shaw – business shirt without tie
Councillor Bester – polo shirt, no tie
Councillor Graham – kilt and open-necked shirt

At the councillor workshop held a fortnight later, in the presence of three members of the public, Mayor Evans advised Cr Elliott that the council did not have a dress code, although it was expected that all councillors would dress suitably for the monthly meeting.

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