Andy becomes an alderman
Andy is pictured at the ceremony with his wife, Dr Mary Perkins Photo courtesy of RichMcD/South Glos Council
FORMER long-serving councillor Andy Perkins has been made an honorary alderman.
Andy, who represented the Kingswood ward of Woodstock for the Labour party, has been given the honour in recognition of eminent services to South Gloucestershire Council.
He was among 12 former councillors who received the accolade at a special ceremony ahead of a full council meeting on July 17.
After moving to Bristol, Andy first won his seat in 2003, serving a total of 16 years, including three of those as leader of the Labour group.
He was instrumental in getting the authority to change from a cabinet system of decision making to a committee system, which many see as a more democratic process.
Alongside Pat Rooney and former Woodstock councillor Roger Coales, Andy helped set up Friends of Grimsbury Farm in 2005. He stood down at the May elections.
Labour leader and Woodstock councillor Pat Rooney paid tribute to Andy's work for the community.
“Andy attended the monthly walkabouts of the town centre organised by the Friends of Kingswood Park, relishing in the problem solving elements that were raised and needed resolution such as empty shops and businesses and planning enforcement enquiries.
“Andy's attention to detail is superb and his commitment to resolving residents' issues in his case work was admirable. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Andy for 16 years as
a Woodstock councillor and I hope that he now has the time to enjoy new adventures with his family.”
Other former councillors made honorary aldermen are Shirley Potts, Janet Biggin, Ian Blair, Linda Boon, Heather Goddard, John Goddard, Dave Hockey, Pat Hockey, Sue Hope, Roger Hutchinson and Sue Walker.