Long-serving Roger honoured by South Glos

September 04 2019
Long-serving Roger honoured by South Glos

Former South Gloucestershire Councillor Roger Hutchinson has been made an honorary Alderman at a special ceremony held before the meeting of South Gloucestershire Council in July.

Former South Gloucestershire Councillor Roger Hutchinson has been made an honorary Alderman at a special ceremony held before the meeting of South Gloucestershire Council in July.
Roger was presented with the title by Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Brian Allinson, in recognition of his eminent service as a past member of the council.
The Alderman role is ceremonial, but is a title which celebrates and recognises individuals who have supported the work of the council over a number of years.
Labour group leader Cllr Pat Rooney said: "Roger became involved in local government back in 1969 at Buckinghamshire County, standing in a by-election and beating the local vicar who was the Tory candidate.
"Roger was later appointed to Southern Regional Office as Assistant Regional Officer until 1982  but was then he moved to the Bristol office in 1987 and here he stood as a ‘paper candidate’ in Filton Charborough ward which of course the Labour Party won by a landslide in 1995 for this Council.
"It was on South Glos that he put forward the first motion calling on Council to adopt the Animal Welfare Charter which was carried and he actively pursues to present day .
"The year 2001 brought about the Leader Cabinet system and Roger became the first Chair of Planning,  Transport and Environment.
"In 2003 there was a hung Council and he became  Labour Group Leader and thereby one of the two deputy leaders and our major demand was to improve social inclusion which saw the birth of the Priority Neighbourhood Scheme.
"He took one of the two Labour seats on the Cabinet and during this time this council achieved a 4 star rating
"Roger was group leader for eight years and was a member  of the Regional Assembly and South West Council,which he chaired for two years.
"I hope that he can now enjoy his time away form the Council with his many interests away from the glare of politics."
Roger said: "I am very pleased to receive this award in recognition of "eminent" services to the Council after being a member since its formation in 1995. 
"More importantly I am very proud to have served the people of Filton for all those years and of being elected by this community in which I live, on no less than 6 occasions, before retiring as a councillor this year, for which I am very thankful to all who put their trust in me.