Former Mayor of Solihull and Councillor of Meriden ward David Bell, last week received the Honorary Alderman title after Councillors recognised his commitment to the borough.
Hon. Alderman Bell wore the chains of office from 2008-2009 and served as Cabinet Member for the Environment and Community Services. He had also served as the Chairman of the Planning Committee for seven of his 19 years at the council. He stood down from the Council in May 2019.
The conferring of the title Honorary Alderman is the highest award that can be made to a former Councillor. To be eligible for nomination, a person must have rendered at least 15 years’ eminent or notable service as a Member of the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The recipient must have made a significant contribution to the Council and the people it represents.
It is a non-political position and must be supported by no less than two-thirds of the Members voting at the special Council meeting.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, who presented the title to Hon. Alderman Bell, said:
“I have worked with Hon. Alderman Bell for many years and I can think of no individual more deserving of this title. During his time with the Council he has overseen many developments and changes within Solihull and his distinguished service has not gone unnoticed.”