Council to award Honorary Alderman status to the late Cllr Jim Parsons
Release date: 23 October 2017
Members of Cotswold District Council met on 19 October and agreed unanimously to award the title of Honorary Alderman to former Councillor Jim Parsons who died in September.
Cllr Parsons was first elected in 1999 and served as a Chairman of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Tetbury Sport and Leisure Centre Liaison Committee for a number of years. Additionally, he held Vice Chair posts on the Overview and Scrutiny, Community Services Grants, Best Value and Review, and Audit committees. He was a member of virtually every committee formed at CDC during his tenure, most notably the Planning Committee.
Aside from these roles, Jim also worked tirelessly for outside bodies, including the Stroud and Cirencester Post Office Advisory Committee, Stroud and Cirencester Telecommunications Advisory Committee, Gloucestershire Waste Local Plan Policy Panel, Social Services Consumer Group, Cotswold Canals Steering Group, Tetbury Rail Lands Development Project Board, Fosseway Housing Association, Gloucestershire Community Health Council, Cirencester Age Concern, Gloucestershire Healthy Living Partnership, and the Cirencester Citizens Advice Bureau Stakeholder Group.
In the past CDC has also awarded posthumous Honorary Alderman status to Cllr Ben Jeffrey and Cllr Barry Dare.
Leader of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Mark Annett, commented:
“Jim was a very popular figure and was always willing to lend advice and assistance, calling on his very wide experience across numerous portfolios over the years. He was a very active Member and always happy to take on new tasks whatever the challenge. We all miss him very much.”
Council Chairman Cllr Julian Beale said:
“I am very pleased that we are bestowing Honorary Alderman status on Jim. He was a very experienced and wise District Councillor who was always able to provide me and others with kind support and good advice."
Leader of the Cotswold Lib Dem Group, Cllr Joe Harris, added:
“We had different politics but I always enjoyed working with Jim, especially on the County's Health and Care committee. He was particularly keen to improve the ambulance service in the Cotswolds, a priority that I share."