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Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.
When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest. Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation.
Councillor R Claymore declared a Personal Interest as the late Steven Claymore was her husband.
Nomination of Honorary Alderman - Steven Claymore
To consider conferring the title of Honorary Alderman on Steven Claymore under Section 249(1) of the Local Government Act 1972, in recognition of his services to the Council whilst he was a member of the Council.
The following speeches were made;
Councillor D Cook – “Thank you Mr Mayor I think that many members of the Chamber will of course recall that using the status of Honorary Alderman for those that have served this Council was only really brought online in Tamworth over the last few years.
We had an opportunity to catch up with many members who served over this Council for many years and give them the Honorary Alderman Title many years after they have finished their service.
Many of those were very worthy of that Honorary Alderman Status, I can think of none more worthy than Councillor Steve Claymore. He was my colleague, he was my brother in arms, he was my partner, and he was my friend. The things he achieved for Tamworth were fundamentally phenomenal to say he never held the title of Leader.
His work with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, his work with the combined authority, his work with the Local Plan in Tamworth, his handling of the economy in Tamworth from his position is simply superb.
The benefits out there for all residents to see, he did it with a distinction, a passion and a pure belief that the residents of Tamworth deserved better than the status quo.
I have spoken many times over the last couple of weeks about Steve Claymore and I think everybody has now heard what I’ve got to say about Steve.
I’m just happy to be stood here tonight Mr Mayor to actually nominate Councillor Steve Claymore for the position of Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Tamworth, Thank you.”
Councillor Dr S Peaple –“Thank you Mr Mayor, obviously the occasion is sad and I wish to not have to do this, I can say without reservation members on my group were devastated when they heard the news of his original diagnosis and of his death.
Can I start at the beginning by saying it was about 20 years ago that I had to speak at my own father’s funeral I think that Steve’s children did him proud when they spoke, I was 30 odd and had experience of being on the Council by then and I had something to draw on the day when packed with strangers the Church looked very odd so I would just like to say to them how well they did and how well they did for you and how very much they were doing their father proud, they did a wonderful job.
Can I also say Mr Mayor that it was a very lovely service because for those of us that had dealt with Steve in different ways who wouldn’t have had the same opportunities you came away really feeling as though you knew him better, from those who knew him the most, it was a very fitting tribute to him the whole event spoke volumes of the regard in which he was held.
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