David Naylor, Town Clerk, 2011 – 2021
On David Naylor’s retirement, Cllr Ken Edwards wrote …
“David Naylor, our Town Clerk of 10 years standing stood down on Friday 30th. April 2021. A Farewell Party was held for David at the Civic Hall and staff said their own farewells on the Recreation Ground afterwards. David has worked tirelessly for the good of the Bollington Community during his time in office and many people will have fond memories of him. David strongly supported new Mayors each year though some like Councillor Angela Williams came round twice.
David also worked hard to change the face of Bollington and improve facilities in the Town and was personally associated with the remodelled skate park at Adlington road, the restructuring of the children’s playground at Coronation Gardens, the creation of the plinths in Memorial Gardens and the new facilities for football and the multi-use games area at Bollington Cross.
However busy life became David always remained cool, calm and collected and determined. From restringing Christmas lights to organising road closures for parades and Carol Services nothing was too big for him to tackle or too small for him pay close attention to detail. With two days to go to retirement he still had three sets of Minutes for meetings to complete and they will be available for Council on Tuesday. Farewell David and thank you for all your enthusiasm and hard work.”
David lives with his wife Jill and two children in Tytherington. He has strong links with Bollington – his wife was born in Bollington and her family still live here. His children began their education at Bollington Cross School. His son Angus plays Cornet in Bollington Brass Band and David is also involved with the Brass Band and helps in various roles.
Until July 2010 David was with Cheshire East Council and over the last 30 years held positions with Macclesfield and Cheshire East Councils as Head of Environmental Health, Head of ICT, Head of Customer Services and more recently with Cheshire East as Customer Services Transformation Manager. Before that he worked for Tameside Council and the NHS.
He says “A central theme for me has been trying to deliver efficient and effective services and above all trying to provide friendly approachable services. I would like to think that people I have worked with and customers I have served will say that I am a good listener who always went out of his way to help, usually with a smile. I think they will also say that I did my utmost to get a result and quite often did.”
“I am confident that my long experience in local government will help Bollington to get results. It is a very interesting time now that Bollington is a Quality Town Council. This status has been well earned and means that Bollington can seek the devolution of some services from Cheshire East Council. There are risks with this but under the right terms this can improve local services. I am expecting to be involved with the Councillors and Cheshire East Officers about such opportunities.”
“I love Bollington and can’t think of any other place with so much going on and so many active community groups. In stepping down from Cheshire East Council I wanted to do something that would keep me involved with the local community and also give me a little more time to develop some personal interests. My ambition for the post is to work with the Councillors and staff to further promote the Town Council as the leader of the local community not only in responding to events but also in proactively delivering change.”
David’s hobbies include cycling, photography, walking, skiing (he says badly!) and brass banding. He adds “I am currently learning the flugel horn and at my current progress I should be able to join the Bollington Band in about 20 years!”
David has enjoyed great success in the job.