Mem­bers vote for civic honour

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Maid­stone coun­cil­lors will be able to con­tinue to en­joy the civic beanos af­ter they re­tire - so long as they have given ex­em­plary ser­vice.

Mem­bers voted at a full coun­cil meet­ing last Wed­nes­day to amend the bor­ough’s con­sti­tu­tion to al­low for the cre­ation of “hon­onary al­der­men.”

The ti­tle will be of­fered to coun- cil­lors who have given at least 16 years’ ser­vice but are no longer serving mem­bers.

It means they will au­to­mat­i­cally be put on the guest list for civic func­tions and also have their name in gilt on a board in the coun­cil cham­ber.

The proposal was sub­mit­ted by the coun­cil’s democ­racy com­mit­tee, chaired by Fran Wil­son (Lib Dem), and had cross-party sup­port. Each can­di­date will need to be ap­proved by a two-thirds vote of the full coun­cil and past may­ors will not qual­ify as they au­to­mat­i­cally en­joy those priv­i­leges.

To­day, there are two serving coun­cil­lors who would qual­ify - Cllr Tony Har­wood (Lib Dem) with 26 years ser­vice and Cllr Wil­son, who has 21 years.

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