Tributes paid to respected Fife councillor

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A popular and well-respected Fife councillor has sadly passed away and tributes have been paid to him.

Cllr Peter Grant, leader of the administration at Fife Council, said: “I was greatly saddened to hear of Dave’s death and obviously all our thoughts are with Gladys and the rest of the family at this very difficult time.

“I first met Dave in my early days as a councillor. He struck me then as someone with deeply held views who was not afraid to express an unpopular opinion if he believed it to be true, and he showed the same integrity throughout the many years he served as a councillor. I can still hear the booming laugh that greeted any funny story, especially the ones he regularly told against himself.

“In 2007 he became vice chair of the Planning Committee and his attention to detail, coupled with an enourmous capacity for work, played a big part in helping the council to adjust to the new planning legislation that had recently passed through Parliament. Even after deteriorating health forced him to stand down from this role he remained a conscientious councillor who was both liked and respected across political divides.

“He will be sadly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have worked with him.”

Fife Council’s depute provost, Ian Chisholm said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that Councillor Herbert has passed away and, on behalf of Fife Council, I would like to extend my sympathies to Mrs Herbert at this difficult time. I have known Councillor Herbert to be a diligent and caring councillor who served Fife Council extremely well over the years. I am sure that his hard work in the community will be recognised and he will be fondly remembered in his ward and for his important contribution as vice-chair to the Planning Committee and a member of the Police, Fire and Safety Committee.”

Cllr Herbert, a Liberal Demoncrat, represented the ward of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay.