Earlier this week at the the meeting held on the 29thApril 2014 it was announced that long-standing Councillor, Alan Rice has been bestowed the style rank & title of:
Honorary Freeman of New Milton
Alan has been involved in local government for around 50 years, a remarkable achievement. He has been a member of Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, and for a shorter period of just 19 years a member of New Milton Town Council. During this service Alan has been Chairman of HCC, Chairman of NFDC, and Chairman of NMTC. He now holds the informal but venerable position of “Father of the House” at HCC because of his long service.
New Forest District Council recently celebrated a significant birthday – forty years since its formation on 1 April 1974. Alan is NFDC’s longest serving member, having been first elected to New Forest Rural District Council in May 1973, shortly before it became New Forest District Council on 1 April 1974. He has served uninterrupted ever since, and is currently the member for Bashley District ward.
Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Tungate said:
“I am honoured and delighted to consider Alan a friend, and I hold him jointly responsible with one or two others for encouraging my own service with NMTC. This evening’s proceedings are therefore very meaningful to me on a personal level.”
Whereas it has appeared to the Town Council of New Milton in the County of Hampshire that Alan William Rice TD of Whitefield Road, New Milton, who is a member of the said Town Council and also a member of both New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council for many years and in that term of service to local government representing New Milton has rendered distinguished and eminent service to the people of the town now therefore in recognition of that valuable and unselfish service it is unanimously agreed and resolved that the Town Council of New Milton does hereby confer upon the said Alan William Rice TD the rights privileges and advantages attaching to the style rank & title of Honorary Freeman of New Milton.