Former independent councillor from Littleport becomes first honorary alderman of East Cambridgeshire District Council
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Former councillor Andrew Wright has been made an honorary alderman of East Cambridgeshire District Council to recognise his long service and “outstanding achievement”.
Councillors held a special meeting last night to recognise Mr Wright’s achievement and to pay tribute to his contribution to the district.
Under Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972, the council may “confer the title of honorary alderman on persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered ‘eminent services’ to the council as past members of that council”.
Council chairman Peter Creswell said: “I am proud that the motion has been welcomed by members.
“Mr Wright has dedicated 39 years to this council and it was a pleasure to be able to reward his service.”
It is the first time East Cambridgeshire District Council has decided to act upon this legislation. Members of the council also expressed their deep appreciation of the eminent services rendered by the former councillor.
The motion was proposed by Councillor Joshua Schumann and seconded by Councillor Derrick Beckett. This was supported unanimously by members of the council.
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Council leader Charles Roberts said: “After nearly four decades of service to the council, it is great to mark this outstanding achievement.
“During his time at East Cambs, former councillor Wright was dedicated to supporting the community and determined to do the right thing for his district.
“He was a pleasure to work alongside and I am delighted that the council have made him an honorary alderman.”
Mr Wright was elected as the independent member for Littleport in 1976 and served until 2015. He was chairman of the council from 1988-1990, leader of the independent group until 2011, and served on various committees.
During that time, he held the position of chairman on eight different committees.
Mr Wright said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been named East Cambs’ first honorary alderman.
“This is an honour and I would like to thank members and officers for their generosity. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a councillor and it is a pleasure to be recognised for this fundamental time in my life.”
As an honorary alderman Mr Wright is now entitled to attend and take part in such civic ceremonies as the council may from time to time decide.