Five decades of ser­vice

Civic Cen­tre flag at half mast in tribute to ded­i­cated coun­cil­lor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Vicky Cas­tle

An coun­cil­lor who has served Ash­ford bor­ough for nearly 50 years has died.

Cllr Harold Apps, 89, from Char­ing, died in the early hours of Mon­day af­ter a short ill­ness.

His long ca­reer in lo­cal pol­i­tics be­gan in the 1960s, when he was a coun­cil­lor on the Ten­ter­den Ru­ral District Coun­cil, be­fore Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) was formed.

He joined ABC when it be­gan in 1973 and he served as a coun­cil­lor un­til 2003, when he took a short break.

Mr Apps then stood as coun­cil­lor again in 2011 and rep­re­sented the Vic­to­ria ward (town cen­tre) un­til his death.

He served as Mayor from 1979 to 1980 and over the years was chair­man of the plan­ning com­mit­tee, en­vi­ron­men­tal health and gen­eral pur­poses com­mit­tee, ap­peals sub-com­mit­tee, district plan sub-com­mit­tee, en­vi­ron­men­tal health and con­trol com­mit­tee and the let­tings and ap­peals sub-com­mit­tee.

He also rep­re­sented the coun­cil on the Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s Arts Trust, the Ash­ford Mu­seum Com­mit­tee and the Ash­ford Alm- Cllr Harold Apps was a coun­cil­lor nearly 50 years houses and Parochial Char­i­ties. Cllr Gerry Clark­son, ABC leader paid tribute.

He said: “It was with great sad­ness that I learned of Harold’s death.

“He was a dear friend and col­league, and this was a shock to us all. He will be greatly missed.

“He was a very val­ued and loyal mem­ber of the Ash­ford Con­serv- ative Group, as long­stand­ing group sec­re­tary and whip and had only just re­cently been pro­moted to chief whip.

“He was also re­spected by all sides of the Cham­ber, serv­ing on be­half of this bor­ough for a great many years.

“We are all deeply shocked and sad­dened by this news and our thoughts go out to Harold’s fam- ily at this sad time.”

As a mark of re­spect the flag out­side the Civic Cen­tre in Tan­nery Lane, Ash­ford was flown at half mast as a tribute.

Do you have any mem­o­ries of Harold Apps? If so please write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk Give your brain a work­out or just have an en­joy­able evening by tak­ing part in the quiz be­ing hosted by South Willes­bor­ough & New­town (SWAN) WI at the SWAN Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Turner Close, New­town on Satur­day, May 6 from 7.30pm. Bring your own nib­bles. Cof­fee, tea and home­made cakes will be avail­able dur­ing the in­ter­val. The cost is £3 per player on a ta­ble of up to six play­ers and there will be a prize for both the top team and the team with the low­est score. The raf­fle pro­ceeds will go to the char­ity of the year, the Canterbury Oast Trust. To book a ta­ble con­tact Chris on 01233 646434.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

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