On the 27 January 2021, we received the notification that Cllr David Dovey, the Former Chair of Monmouthshire Strategic Transport Group had sadly passed away.
The Formal Statement from Monmouthshire County Council is as follows:
“It is with great sadness we share the news of Councillor David Dovey’s passing.
David had been poorly for several weeks and yesterday was admitted to hospital, sadly passing away this morning. We offer our deepest heartfelt condolences to Steph and their son Spencer.
David was first elected to the County Council in 2008 and has represented the St Kingsmark ward of Chepstow ever since. He was voted as Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council in May 2013. David was passionate about all aspects of the Council and representing his constituents and until recently, David chaired the strategic transport group on the council and was instrumental in developing the group to address traffic concerns across the county.
David was a lovely man, someone with a wonderful personality and a desire to always do his very best. He was a loyal friend to many, as well as being a committed councillor and will be missed greatly in our chamber and in the wider community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Steph, Spencer and all the family.”
Cllr Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council relayed his deepest sympathies to Monmouthshire Council staff and elected members stating:
“It’s very sad news for the local government that it has lost such a champion as Cllr David Dovey. When I became Leader of The Forest of Dean Council we made the first very invite to our neighbours in Monmouthshire Council to meet with us to discuss joint issues and concerns. David alongside his Leader attended that meeting and since then he had struck up a collaborative partnership with our Council that was not only welcome but also became invaluable. His passion for seeing an end to the traffic issues around Chepstow and the strength in authorities working together to achieve more is what I will remember about him most. True gentleman, a servant to Monmouthshire and I am glad to have known him.”
Cllr David Dovey was an active and engaging member of the Forest Economic Partnership and Transport and Infrastructure Sub-Group. He believed that addressing cross border transport issues was equally as important as addressing more localised challenges within our respective District, County and Country boundaries. David’s contribution will be greatly missed around the discussion table.