Former Durham County Council members honoured

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PLANS are progressing to make former community champions aldermen in recognition of their council work.

Durham County Council is moving on with its plans to make a series of former councillors honorary aldermen or alderwomen

At a special meeting of the council on Wednesday, members will discuss plans to recognise the former ward councillors for their “eminent service to the council as past members of the council”.

The authority has said it has adopted a rule of 16 years, either consecutive or otherwise, as the point where they will be given the title, with years spent on the former district councils or the county council being eligible.

Those who will become aldermen will include former East Durham councillors Alan Cox, Ralph Liddle, Dan Myers and Len O’Donnell.

The meeting will be held at 10am in the council chamber in County Hall, Durham.