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Aldermen honour for dedicated trio

THREE former leading politicians are to be honoured for their service to local government.

THREE former leading politicians are to be honoured for their service to local government.

The Mid Cheshire trio figure in Cheshire County Council's plans to create nine new honorary aldermen.

Former Northwich councillors Ron Carey and Bob Woodhouse, and former Winsford councillor Moira Chapman, who all stood down before the county council elections in in June, were put forward by Cheshire's policy committee on Wednesday.

County council chairman Bert Grange said: 'This honour is awarded regardless of political persuasion and is a token of the respect, esteem and gratitude for the long years of public service spent in helping to shape, guide and influence county council policy.

'All nine have been elected to serve on the county council at least three times, which equates to 12 years, and this honour marks the end of their role as county councillors.'

The honour, which will be bestowed at a special gathering in September, is a historical appointment which gives its recipients a degree of involvement in county council business.

Although aldermen ­- of which there are currently 27 ­- can sit in at meetings, they cannot join in debates or the decision making process. They can also represent the council at civic functions.

It will be a second honour this year for Moira Chapman. The former chairman of the Cheshire Police Authority, Mrs Chapman was awarded an MBE for her services to the community in the Prime Minister's honours list in June.

The former Labour councillor represented Winsford South on the county council for 12 years. She is a former social services committee chairman and party spokesman and helped to shape county policy in social welfare, education and policing.

For 31 years Labour's Ron Carey represented people in Northwich East. He is a former county council chairman and vice-chairman and during his year of high office he presented the county council its chairman's badge.

Conservative Bob Woodhouse represented Northwich West for 19 years and was elected to the office of vice-chairman in 1993. As a county councillor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport he helped shape Cheshire's transport policies.

Other former councillors who will become honourary aldermen in September are Margaret Melrose, Pam Hayward, Alan Barnes, John Talbot, George Edwards and David Palmer.


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