Tributes paid to Ashford Borough Council leader Peter Wood

Tributes have been paid to the leader Cllr Peter Wood of Ashford Borough Council, who sadly passed away on Friday 1st March 2013.

Peter Wood, age 63, who lived in Aldington, had been leader of the Conservative-controlled council since 2010.

'Flag at half-mast'

Damian Green, Ashford MP and Policing and Criminal Justice Minister, said: "I am saddened by Peter's death and send condolences to Sheila and their family.

"He was a leader of great energy and integrity, who made a real and positive contribution to the area. Ashford has lost a good man"

A spokesman for the authority said its flag would be flown at half-mast until his funeral had been held.

Councillor Gerry Clarkson was appointed acting leader of the council after Mr Wood announced he was to step down.