Long serving councillor becomes Alderman

Alderman Colin Davidovitz (L) with Cllr Roy Perry

Alderman Colin Davidovitz (L) with Cllr Roy Perry. Pic: HCC

A former Chairman of Hampshire County Council and County Councillor for the Chandler’s Ford division, has been awarded the title of Honorary Alderman, in recognition of his service to the people of Hampshire.

At a special meeting on 7 January 2016, the County Council approved the appointment of former County Councillor Colin Davidovitz BEM who was first elected to the County Council in 2001. He retired in 2015.

The title of Honorary Alderman is made to recognise the eminent and lengthy service of former County Councillors who are no longer elected Members of the Council.

Leading tributes, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry extended his personal congratulations; saying that the nomination as an Honorary Alderman was a mark of the great esteem in which Colin Davidovitz is held across the Authority. To commemorate his work within Hampshire, Councillor Roy Perry presented a framed scroll to the new Honorary Alderman.

During his years as a County Councillor, Colin served on several committees, including Policy and Resources, Environment, Recreation and Heritage and Regulatory Committees, the Solent Transport Strategy Panel, the Strategic Planning Joint Advisory Panel and the Eastleigh County Highway Management and Transport Advisory Committee. He also served on the River Hamble Harbour Management Committee and the Building, Land and Procurement Panel, becoming Vice Chairman of the Panel in 2006. He was also Chairman of the Standards Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Governance Committee and the Statement of Accounts Panel and chaired the Eastleigh and Fareham Hampshire Action Team.

He was a member of the Cabinet from 2004 until 2013, first as Member with responsibility for Communications, External Relationships and Performance, and then as Executive Member for Communications and Efficiency.

For many years Colin represented the County Council on the South East 7, Eastleigh Community Services and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre Management Committees, the Southampton International Airport and Southampton Ports Consultative Committees, the Eastleigh Museum and Bursledon Windmill Statutory Joint Committees, the Nuffield Theatre Trust and the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology.

Colin served as Vice Chairman of the County Council from 2013 to 2014, ending his last year of service as the Chairman of the County Council from 2014 to 2015.

Colin Davidovitz, a Hiltingbury resident,  also represented Hiltingbury West for the Conservative party on Eastleigh Borough Council and Hiltingbury East as a Chandler’s Ford Parish Councillor.