‘Amav­er­ick­who­taught metos­peak­out’- cityMP

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

Two prominent Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians in the city have paid trib­ute to Neville San­ders. Mr San­ders was Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader when Stew­art Jackson was se­lected as the par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Peter­bor­ough in 2000. The Peter­bor­ough MP said: “Neville was a big fig­ure and was re­ally a one off and one of the last of his gen­er­a­tion in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics. “He served dili­gently and showed strong lead­er­ship at a time of in­sta­bil­ity and tur­bu­lence at the Town Hall. He was a mav­er­ick who taught me a les­son - speak out if you think you’re right, with­out fear or favour. “Above all, he cared pas­sion­ately and with pride about his home city and the Lido will be among a number of lega­cies he leaves be­hind.” Cur­rent coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor John Holdich was cab­i­net mem­ber for hous­ing and so­cial ser­vices when Mr San­ders was leader. He said: “In my 39 years as a coun­cil­lor I’ve worked with many lead­ers and he rates as one of the best. “Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil was a sleepy coun­cil go­ing ab­so­lutely nowhere and in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. He took it over and kicked it into shape. “His legacy is he turned this coun­cil in the right di­rec­tion and trans­formed it into a more busi­ness-like ma­chine. “I worked with him very closely and we had a mu­tual re­spect for one an­other. I learnt a lot from him and now I think ‘what would Neville have done about that’? “He was a very gen­er­ous hearted man, but some­times he could have thought be­fore he said some­thing. “He funded an aw­ful lot of things for peo­ple. He was a man of means and would put his money where his mouth is. “I know sto­ries where he has funded young peo­ple to go to dif­fer­ent col­leges. “He pi­o­neered sav­ing the Lido. That was what the peo­ple wanted and he had the big­gest knack of any­body of say­ing what peo­ple were say­ing on the streets. He un­der­stood Mr Av­er­age.”

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