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Edward Wills

Edward WillsIn 1962 Edward commenced his Planning Career with Leeds City Council, (under a young Stan Kenyon) and part-time studies at the Leeds School of Town Planning. After qualifying and gaining experience in all sections of the Leeds Planning Department, in 1969, he moved to Dewsbury C.B., where he stayed until the creation of Kirklees in 1974. Up to his retirement in 2006 he worked mainly in Development Control, as Area Planning Officer, for the east of the Authority. He found his contact with the Asian Community most rewarding, learned conversational Urdu and visited Pakistan.

Edward has been a volunteer with Planning Aid since it first began and for the past 20 years a Member/Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee. He was saddened to see the loss of staff and decimation of Planning Aid in 2008. However, he is encouraged by signs of a return to the philosophy of giving priority to "help those who can't afford to help themselves". Edward has joined the Regional Activities Committee to support that trend and also looks forward to contributing to the Committee's other work.

His interests include travel, music, walking, camping, swimming, Pilates, Short Tennis, his grandsons and retreating to a "hut" in North Wales.