Members vote for civic honour
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.