COLLEAGUES of a Stafford planning officer who died suddenly have paid tribute to him.
Phil Atkins, 45, was a principal planning officer for Stafford Borough Council where he had worked for 27 years.
Officers and members of the authority’s planning committee held a minute’s silence at the start of last week’s meeting.
Council chief executive Ian Thompson said: “We were all deeply shocked and saddened by Phil’s sudden death. Phil worked for the council for 27 years and was a respected and dedicated principal planning officer. He will be very sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.”
Planning committee chairman Councillor Stan Highfield said: “It’s a sad loss of a very talented young man. He was well respected and worked very closely with the planning committee.”
Councillor Frank James, a member of the planning committee, said: “He was extremely helpful and always willing to get you down the right path with planning regulations and he was a great friend.”
A funeral service was held at Castle Church on Monday with donations going to Back to Bikes charity and The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.