‘Local champion’ loses cancer battle

John Herbert, former planning chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, who has died.
John Herbert, former planning chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, who has died.
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Tributes have been paid to a former chair of planning at the Peak District National Park Authority and retired journalism professor who has died after a battle against cancer.

John Herbert, aged 70, stepped down from his role at the authority in July this year. He had been a member of the planning committee since 2007 and its chair since 2010.

Representing parishes on the authority from 2003, the retired journalism professor lived in Sheldon near Bakewell.

Coun Tony Favell, chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “John will be sadly missed. He was a staunch champion on behalf of local people.”

John was born in Queensland, Australia, in 1942 and worked for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. He came to Britain in 1969 to work for the BBC World Service in London where he met his wife, Margaret, who was from Sheffield.

John went on to train journalists at the BBC and taught journalism in Hong Kong before moving with his wife to Sheldon 29 years ago. He finished his career as professor of journalism at the University of Staffordshire. The couple have twin daughters and a son.

He died at Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield. A funeral will be at Sheldon Church on Friday, December 21, at 1.30pm.