Former Bishopston councillor honoured with title

October 01 2013

Former Bishopston councillor Bev Knott has been made an honorary alderman in recognition of his long service to the city council.

Former Bishopston councillor Bev Knott has been made an honorary alderman in recognition of his long service to the city council.

Councillors voted unanimously at a full council meeting on September 10 to confer the title on him, which will mean he is invited to all major civic occasions, church services and council meetings. Honorary aldermen have no other formal role.

The motion was put forward by Liberal Democrat group leader Tim Kent and seconded by Bishopston councillor David Willingham. Conservative group leader Peter Abraham, former Liberal Democrat leader Barbara Janke, deputy Labour group leader Ron Stone, Green councillor Rob Telford and Mayor George Ferguson all
spoke in favour, commending Alderman Knott’s work on council panels, committees and his time in Cabinet as executive member for care and neighbourhoods.

Ms Janke said he was a “prime mover” in developing Neighbourhood Partnerships and paid tribute to his work towards securing a school at the Brunel Field site in Bishopston, saying: “If it hadn’t been for his tenacity, that school would never have been built.”

Alderman Knott, who represented Bishopston for 14 years as a Liberal Democrat before standing down in May this year, said he was honoured to receive the title and used his speech to call for greater powers for Neighbourhood Partnerships while also raising issue with what he called a “one-man state” created by the new role of city mayor, calling for issues to be “properly discussed and pushed around” between the political parties.

After documents were signed to make Alderman Knott’s new title official, Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury summed up: “The work you have done for the city is really great and on behalf of every community in this great city, every individual in this city, a big thank you for the work you have done as a councillor.”