Councillors pay respects to the late Cllr Jim Parsons
Release date: 14 September 2017
Leaders at Cotswold District Council have praised the contributions of Grumbolds Ash with Avening Ward Councillor Jim Parsons who has passed away following a battle with prostate cancer.
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.
Leader of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Mark Annett, led the tributes to Cllr Parsons:
“My condolences go to Cllr Parsons’s family at this sad time. He 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. Jim was a very active Member and always happy to take on new tasks with a smile on his face - he will be missed very much at Trinity Road.”
Council Chairman Cllr Julian Beale said:
“I was very sorry to hear that Jim Parsons will no longer be with us. He was a very experienced and wise District Councillor who was always able to provide me and others with kind support and good advice. We will all miss him very much and our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time. We will miss very much his sound counsel and excellent humour."
Leader of the Cotswold Lib Dem Group, Cllr Joe Harris, added:
“I'm very sad to hear about the death of Cllr Jim Parsons, and my thoughts are with his family and friends. We had different politics but I always enjoyed working with him on the County's Health and Care committee. He was particularly passionate about improving the ambulance service in the Cotswolds which was a priority that I shared."