FORMER Ryde mayor and Isle of Wight councillor, David Knowles, has died.
Cllr Knowles, of Marlborough Road, is a former town mayor and deputy mayor and was first elected to the Isle of Wight Council in 1999.
During his time on the council he sat on various committees and was a member of the Lib Dem-led executive between 2001 and 2005.
A long-time supporter of Ryde’s Esplanade skate park and leading campaigner on local issues including the Pennyfeathers development, he held various positions over the years including portfolio holder for public protection, fire and emergency planning and consumer protection.
He also served as the Isle of Wight member on the Police Authority.