40 years of public service honoured

South Somerset District Council has recognised the contribution of Patrick Palmer to the community of South Somerset, by appointing him an Honorary Alderman

Patrick Palmer And Mike Best

Patrick Palmer receives the "Declaration of an Alderman" from SSDC Chairman, Councillor Mike Best

The honour was conferred on the former District Councillor last Thursday evening (17 May) at a meeting of the full Council.

The Local Government Act 1972 states that a council may confer the title of honorary alderman on people who have "rendered Eminent Services"  to the Council as past members  but who are not then members of the Council.  The title is derived from an Old English word meaning "elder".

Ric Pallister, SSDC Leader, said: "Patrick was an active Councillor all the time he was on the District Council.  His commitment is over half his lifetime and it gives us enormous pleasure for him to join the elite group of Aldermen".

Mr Palmer was elected as an independent councillor on Yeovil District Council - subsequently South Somerset District Council - at a by-election in 1974.  Over 41 years, he served on most committees; as vice-chairman of the Area North committee in 1999 and then as chairman from 2003 to 2013.  By virtue of his chairmanship of the Area North committee, he also served on the District Executive during this time.

He has served Martock as a Parish Councillor for 51 years, since 1967, and continues to serve his local community in this capacity.  He has been a champion for rural issues, representing SSDC on the Parrett Drainage Board, Somerset Waterways Advisory Committee and the Somerset Water Management Partnership.