Helped make EDDC what it is

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the founding members of East Devon District Council and one of Exmouth's longest-serving councillors, Alderman David Gibbons, who has died aged 74. Born September 2, 1933, Mr Gibbons was elected a councillor for Exmouth's

TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the founding members of East Devon District Council and one of Exmouth's longest-serving councillors, Alderman David Gibbons, who has died aged 74.Born September 2, 1933, Mr Gibbons was elected a councillor for Exmouth's Littleham Rural Ward in 1973 in the first elections following the Local Government Act 1972 and the subsequent creation of East Devon District Council.Over the next quarter of a century, he was instrumental in shaping the council into what it is today - and for virtually all of the time, he served as a chairman or vice-chairman of one of its major committees. He resigned as a councillor on March 27, 1998, and in May, 1998, he was appointed an Honorary Alderman in recognition of his outstanding service.He remains one of only 13 other previous members to be bestowed with the title, reserved for those considered to have given eminent service to the district in a public position.David Gibbons was immensely proud and, as a token of appreciation and to mark his 25 years as a member of the council, he presented two pictures - one of Sir Walter Raleigh and the other of Sir Walter Raleigh and his son, with an inscribed plaque to the chairman of the council. The pictures were placed in the members' area at Knowle, and they have remained there to this day.Leader of the council, Sara Randall Johnson, paid tribute and said: "David Gibbons was part of the original group of councillors who set up East Devon District Council from scratch in the early 1970s. "They made the council what it is today. "David's shrewd business acumen helped put this council on a sound financial basis and gave us a firm foundation to build on. "On a personal level, I enjoyed working with him and learned many skills under his patient tutelage."David Gibbons' positions included vice-chairman of estates sub-committee 1973-76, chairman of estates sub-committee 1976-77, vice-chair of policy and resources committee 1977-78, chairman of policy and resources committee 1978-82, chairman of council 1982-84, chairman of amenities committee 1985-88, chairman of policy committee 1988-91, chairman of environment and planning and planning inspection Committee 1991-93, chairman of finance and personnel committee 1993-97.

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