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Kind tributes paid as former chair of Harlow Council Tony Hall steps down

Politics / Fri 17th Jul 2020 am31 08:30am

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Church Langley councillor Tony Hall who has too down due to ill-health.

The former chair of Harlow Council was clearly much-loved and respected by both sides of the chamber as was evidenced by a number of heartfelt speeches, led by the leader of the Harlow Conservatives, cllr Andrew Johnson.

Councillor Johnson said: “Tony Hall is a man that has spent his life in public service.

His first career was with police, starting on the beat in Southend and later with the Essex traffic team, ending up as an Inspector in Harlow, where he chose to make his home.

When he retired from the Force, he chose to work for the Legal aid board and later as an officer for this council. Before finally venturing into politics.

I have known and worked with Tony since 1997.

He was first elected as a councillor for the then new ward of Church Langley in 2002 where he became a very regular sight riding his bike around church Langley alongside our local beat cop.

In 2008 Tony became chairman of the Environment and Community committee.

His first job there was not a small one – the introduction of a new waste contract with wheelie bins and weekly collection of food waste.

On his initiative, the council set its first ever carbon reduction targets something I know he would be cheered to see the present administration reinvigorating.

He was Chairman of the Council twice and whilst as Chairman he granted the freedom to march through the town to the Royal Anglian Regiment, which they proudly accepted the chance to do.

He reintroduced the Civic Service and installed a council chaplain so that we could have someone to advise on faith matters and to minister to our spiritual health in office (something that I have taken advantage of over the years).

He brought a great deal of life experience to our group and this council including an encyclopaedic knowledge of highways legislation and a love of the natural environment and green issues.

He was well loved as a member of the Church Langley community, and I hope he will continue to be in retirement, as has been evident from the number of messages wishing him well I have received.

To me he was a constant source of advice and always a Gentleman.

“We all wish him and Maureen a long and happy retirement”.

Labour councillor Tony Durcan also made a very kind and generous speech which can be seen on the Harlow Council YouTube channel.

We now that Tony was very proud of the day, when he was chair of Harlow Council, when the Anglian Regiment marched into town.

This films for you Tony.

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