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Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen

Honorary Aldermen and Honorary Alderwomen

A former elected member of Dover District Council shall be eligible for consideration to be nominated to the position of Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman in accordance with the provisions of Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 if he or she has rendered:

  1. A total of 20 years’ service as a Member of Dover District Council which is calculated on a cumulative basis. In exceptional circumstances less than 20 years’ service may be considered
  2. ‘Eminent services’ to the council as past members of that council.

'Eminent services' will generally be in the form of, but not limited to, service as the Chairman of the Council, Leader of the Council, Leader of a Political Group, Chairman of a major Council Committee or by holding one or more senior positions on the council. Applications for nomination as an Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman shall be made by 2 serving Members of the Council.

Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen are entitled to the following rights and privileges:

  1. To enjoy the courtesy title of “Honorary Alderman” or “Honorary Alderwoman” and to be addressed as such.
  2. To attend as an observer at meetings of the Council or any other meetings to which the press and public are admitted and to have a seat reserved for this purpose.
  3. To receive invitations to all civic events to which Members of the Council are invited.
  4. To walk in any civic processions in a position immediately senior to serving Members.
  5. To receive a copy of the Council’s Year Book on request.
  6. On death, to have the Civic flag flown at the Council Offices, Whitfield at half-mast.


Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen
Date of AppointmentName of Alderman Length of ServiceRepresentedEminent Services
 18 October 2017 Jim Hood 1976 - 2015
  • Town and Pier Ward
  • Cabinet Member 2000 - 03
  • Scrutiny Chairman 2003 - 2015
18 October 2017 Paul Watkins

1983 - 1995


1999 - 2017

  • Lower Walmer Ward (1983-95) 
  • St Margaret's-at-Cliffe Ward (1999-2017)
  • Chairman of the Council 1989-1992
  • Leader of the Council 2003 - 2017



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