As I have been your County Councillor for 24 years with effect from 1997 and prior to this a Town Councillor in Faringdon and District Councillor at the VWHDC , I thought that the village might like to know of the news below?
Today has been a rather special day for me and it has been a little bit of a "roller coaster" as I have been made an Honorary Alderman at a full Oxfordshire Council meeting . Mike was able to attend and we enjoyed a lunch at the "top table"..............!
If I give you a "wee" outline of what this means, just for info:
Section 249(1) of the local Government Act 1972 allows a Council to confer the title of Honorary Alderman on former Councillors who have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent service to the Council as past member of that Council. This requires a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of the members voting on it at a meeting of the Council, specially convened for the purpose. (I received a unanimous agreement for the vote). Both Eddie Reeves and Yvonne Constance proposed
and seconded my appointment and spoke on what I had done during 24 years at OCC!
The criteria for appointment are:-
a) Has made a significant contribution in public life.
b) Has given a notable service on behalf of the Council, which has enhanced the reputation of Councillors and the Council itself.
c) Has rendered a minimum of 12 years service as a Member, and, is no longer politically active.
The role has certain privileges and duties:
Use the title of "Honorary Alderman of the County Council, wear the badge of Honorary Alderman at civic events, attend the Aldermanic Council Mtg every 4 years and to use council facilities including the
Members' Resource Centre, lounge, headed notepaper, parking etc. To attend functions for which the Chair and Vice-Chair and past Chairs still serving as councillors are unavailable, where they are representing the County Council. To assist in promoting Oxfordshire by undertaking appropriate visits within the County on behalf of the Chair if requested to do so.
I now have a lovely badge of office which features an inscribed bar and crest of OCC affixed to a decorative ribbon and a certificate of appointment with the Common Seal of the Council Council. The order of precedence for attending civic events will be Chair, Vice Chair, and then Aldermen!
Best wishes, Judy
Judy Heathcoat - Honorary Alderman