Former Mansfield councillors given Honorary status by Nottinghamshire County Council

TWO former Mansfield councillors have been appointed as Honorary Aldermen by Nottinghamshire County Council - one of the authority’s highest honours.

Terry Butler and John Carter received the titles at the council’s annual meeting in recognition of their long service to the people of Mansfield and Nottinghamshire.

Former coal miner Terry (76) sat as a councillor on Oaktree and Lindhurst Ward from 1985 to 2001 and spent most of this time in charge of the council’s environment portfolio.

He oversaw investment into the council’s public transport network, including the NET project, and also set the ball rolling for the replacement Mansfield Bus Station.

Terry said local government had been very different when he was part of the controlling group, with them more willing to work together with other political parties and groups to achieve goals.

John Carter (69) was councillor for Pleasley Hill and Broomhill, which then became the new Mansfield West ward.

During his tenure he was involved with the finance and property brief, bringing council facilities into the modern era as well as overseeing a record rise in the value of the pension fund which has more than 41,000 members.

John said he was very proud of his achievements, in particular purchasing the Mansfield Brewery and Home Breweries sites, and also investing in libraries and schools.

Nottinghamshire county councillor Joyce Bosnjak paid tribute to both men.

“I think that these awards are long overdue for two committed public servants.”