Council to award Honorary Alderman status to the late Cllr Barry Dare
Release date: 27 September 2016
Members of Cotswold District Council met on 27 September and agreed unanimously to award the title of Honorary Alderman to former Councillor Barry Dare who died in July.
Since being first elected as a ward councillor in 2003, Barry Dare served as the Councillor for Blockley from 2003 until 2015 and was then elected to represent Stow from 2015 until his death. During his time at Trinity Road he filled a range of key roles, including Cabinet Member for Corporate Resource issues (2010-2013), and two stints as Chair of the Audit Committee (2007-10 and 2015-16). Highlights included his oversight of the ‘GO’ project which transformed the delivery of ‘back office’ functions across Cotswold, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire Councils. He also played a leading role in the leisure working group which was tasked with rebuilding the Cirencester leisure centre after the 2008 floods, using his experience as Chairman of the Local Government Flood Forum to good effect. Cllr Dare also served as Leader of Gloucestershire County Council from 2005-10 (as well as being the Conservative Group Leader from 2002-10), and also helped to oversee the work of the Gloucestershire Police Authority.
Leader of CDC, Cllr Lynden Stowe, was full of praise for Cllr Dare:
“He was a mentor and a friend who served three tiers of local government. Until he suffered from ill health, he rarely missed a meeting at the Council which speaks volumes about his commitment. We all miss his loyalty, wisdom and huge personality, and it will be a pleasure to welcome his close family to the Chamber at Cirencester when we make the Alderman award posthumously at the next Council meeting in December.”
CDC Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Joe Harris, also gave his full support to the decision:
“Cllr Dare was a gentleman in the true sense of the word and it is fitting that he will now be awarded Honorary Alderman status. Although we didn’t always agree on political issues, Barry transcended those differences and was a great role model for younger councillors like myself.”