Another death rocks town council

Town Cllr Gerald Carter has died.
Town Cllr Gerald Carter has died.

POLEGATE Town Council has been reeling with shock at the sad news that another councillor has died.

Cllr Gerald Carter, who was twice Mayor of the town, died after a long period of ill health on Sunday, July 15.

The sad news of the retired businessman’s death has been announced not long after another former Mayor, Cllr Roy Martin died on May 30.

It means the council has lost two outstanding town stalwarts within a six week period.

The current Mayor of Polegate, Cllr Malcolm Cunningham, said: “Gerald was a true gentleman who cared passionately about Polegate and its people.

“His death is a great loss to the town and to those of us who have worked with him for so many years. Our hearts go out to his family.’

Cllr Carter’s first period of public office was with Wealden District Council from 1987 to 1991.

He was instrumental in the formation of the Polegate Ratepayers’ Association (later to become Polegate Residents’ Association), which he chaired for many years.

In 1995 he was elected to serve on Polegate Town Council, and held office as Deputy Mayor in the 2001 to 2003 period, and as Mayor on two occasions, in 1999 to 2001 and 2006 to 2007.

He served for a time as a town council representative on the Wealden District Council Standards Board, and variously chaired Polegate Town Council’s planning, finance and personnel committees until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a less active part, but he nevertheless retained a keen interest in local issues.

Mr Carer was well-known as the owner of Carter’s, a newsagents and sweet shop in the High Street.

At the time of going to press no date has been set for Cllr Carter’s funeral. Any enquiries should be directed to the Town Clerk at Polegate on 01323 488114.

Send any tributes to Cllr Gerald Carter to: sussex.express@sussexnewspapers.co.uk - with your full name and address.