Cllr Alan Walters MBE
Long-serving South Bucks District Councillor and champion for his local community, Cllr Alan Walters MBE, has died aged 71.
Cllr Walters had represented Beaconsfield on South Bucks District Council since December 2001, serving as Chairman of the Council from 2010 -2013. More recently, he was Chairman of the Licensing Committee in addition to his responsibilities on the Healthy Communities Policy Advisory Group, Joint Staffing Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group looking at homelessness management. Appointments to outside bodies included Chiltern Conservation Board, South East Employers and Spring Field Farm Liaison Committee.
Alan was elected to Beaconsfield Town Council in May 1999, representing the town as Mayor from 2004 - 2005. He continued to serve on the town council until 2015 when he decided not to seek re-election, saying it was time to move over to make way for others.
In May this year, he was elected to represent Beaconsfield on Bucks County Council.
Committed to community service, he was a great supporter of the Padstones charity, which aims to help homeless young people, and he chaired the successful fundraising committee behind the development of Beaconsfield's new Girl Guide hut.
One of his proudest moments came in May 2015 when he received his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in recognition for his services to the community.
Alan lived in Tilsworth Road, Beaconsfield and leaves his wife, Sharon, with whom he had two daughters, and two sons from a previous marriage.
Leader of South Bucks District Council Ralph Bagge said: "Alan was first and foremost a family man, and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time. But his community work was extremely close to his heart and in this area he leaves a remarkable legacy to his beloved Beaconsfield and the wider community.
"He put the knowledge gained from his background in Human Resource Management to good use as our Council went through major transformation, joining our services and senior management with those of Chiltern District Council over the past five years.
"It is testament to the man he was and his dedication to those he represented that even in his last days in hospital, he insisted on keeping up with correspondence to the best of his ability. We will miss the significant contribution he made to the work of South Bucks District Council and I know he will be greatly missed by the people of Beaconsfield for whom he worked so hard for many, many years."