Paul and George rewarded for 70-years of service to Dover

Contributed by editor on Oct 22, 2017 - 03:20 PM



Two former councillors, who between them have served the district council for almost 70 years, have been recognised by Dover District Council.


For services to Dover District Council, Paul Watkins and George 'Jim' Hood have been awarded the title of Honorary Aldermen.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday, (18 October). Mr Watkins pictured left and Mr Hood, right are the first Honorary Aldermen appointed by the Council.

They will be formally conferred the title at a future ceremony.

Mr Watkins served as a member of Dover District Council for Lower Walmer Ward from 1983-1995, and St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe Ward from 1999-2017. In total, he was a district councillor for 30 years of non-continuous service. He was Chairman of the Council from 1989-1992 and Leader of the Council from 2003-2017, and is one of the longest serving Council Leaders in Kent.


Mr Hood served as a member of Dover District Council for Town and Pier Ward from 1976-2015. He was a district councillor for 39 years of continuous service, and still remains the Council’s longest serving member.

He was Cabinet Member for Transport, Opportunity and Access, (2000-2002), Cabinet Member for Opportunity, (2002-2003), and a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 2003-2004 and 2007-2011.

DDC approved a Scheme of Enrolment for Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen on 25 January 2017.

The Local Government Act permits a local authority to confer the title of Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman on people who in the opinion of the Council ‘rendered eminent services to the council as past members of that council’.


Cllr Sue Chandler, Chairman of Dover District Council said: “We are delighted to recognise the service and dedication of Paul Watkins and Jim Hood, who between them have served the district for almost 70 years. On behalf of the district, we would like to thank them for their great commitment and eminent service to the area.”


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