Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Councillor Brian Roberts.
“Brian had served on Cheshire East Council since May 2015, as elected member for Crewe West. Brian will be sadly missed in our organisation and in the wider community.
“Brian was a tremendous advocate for the residents of Crewe West. As a ward councillor, he repeatedly raised concerns about fly-tipping and gulley emptying.
“Since being appointed Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste in May 2019 he took the opportunity to implement change to tackle these issues.
“It is great to see the impact his passion and hard work was having on the way the council deals with these issues. It is saddening that Brian will not be around to see the full effect of his work.”
As well as being cabinet member for highways and waste, Cllr Roberts also represented the council on the Transport for the North scrutiny committee and the Environment Agency (NW) regional flood and coastal committee, among other roles.