Councillor of 36 years awarded British Empire Medal

A Telford man who has served as a borough councillor for 36 years has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

John Minor, of Durrant Road, St Georges, has been honoured following a citation submitted by Telford & Wrekin Council.

The 77 year old, who stepped down as a councillor in April, has represented St Georges ward since 1983.

He has been passionate and resourceful during the numerous roles he has held in that time including being Chairman of the Council in 1991-92, Deputy Speaker in 2002-2003 and Speaker in 2003-2004.

He has also served on St Georges Parish Council since it was formed in 19888 and had been Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Green Spaces and Parks since last year.

Council leader Councillor Shaun Davies said: “I would like to offer huge congratulations to John who has been an exemplary public servant for more than three decades.

“This Honour is richly deserved for all the selfless hard work John has carried out on behalf of our residents and community.”

John said: “I am very humbled to receive this Honour. I have only ever strived to do my best for my constituents and to help shape local, affordable and much needed events for the benefit and enjoyment of the whole community.

“This is a Civic Honour and one for the borough as much as me and also recognizes the staff of Telford & Wrekin Council for their expertise in helping councilors to do their duty.

“I would also like to recognise the role of an elected member’s family in supporting anyone who holds public office, both publically and practically.”

In 2015, John used his knowledge, experience and determination to help protect the Gower Youth Centre in St Georges, saving the Grade II Listed building for community use as part of a £650,000 project.

John has also been committed to the council’s Green Guarantee which protects 150 green spaces including 11 local nature reserves for the long term benefit of the community.

He has also taken a role in developing policies through the borough’s adopted local plan and the Green Guarantee scheme supporting the formal designation of sites with recognised nature conservation value.

Through this work, he has been involved in the borough’s first Big Green Vote which saw over 1,800 residents vote to protect a further 96 sites extending the Green Guarantee to cover more than 200.

John also still holds roles as chairman of the Telford Recreation and Sports Trust, membership of the Shropshire Playing Fields Association, the County Sports Partnership and the Wrekin & District Sports Forum.

The work he has undertaken supports the priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Board to attain healthier lifestyles, reduce obesity and strengthen communities.

John has also used money from the council’s Pride In Our Community fund to help pay for the first annual Christmas Lights Switch On event in St Georges.

He also provided the necessary funding and resources to support the annual St Georges Summerfest.