Tributes paid to Hitchin councillor
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a councillor who spent years serving people in his town.
County and district councillor David Billing died on Monday, after battling a long illness.
The Labour councillor represented Hitchin North at county level and Hitchin Oughton at district, sitting on committees including overview and scrutin,y and planning control at North Herts District Council (NHDC).
He was also a former leader of the North Herts Labour Group.
Deborah Segalini, fellow district councillor and Hitchin and Harpenden Constituency Labour Party chairman, said: “David’s tireless dedication to the values of social justice has been an inspiration to many in our constituency party.
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“We will miss his thoughtful and thorough contribution, as will the people he represented.”
Cllr Billing, who was 71, was the only serving councillor to vote against entering a partnership with former Churchgate contractor Simons.
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He had just regained his county council seat in May this year, having lost it by just six votes in 2009. He was first elected in 1981, as a county councillor in the Offa division.
Cllr Billing was married to Judi, who is also a district councillor.
NHDC leader Cllr Lynda Needham said: “As an opposition politician, he proved to be a great adversary who I had the utmost respect for, but I will always remember him as a true gentleman. He cared deeply about the people he represented and he will be deeply missed by both fellow councillors and council staff.”
Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor said: “David was an intelligent, thoughtful man and always had time to listen.”
And county council leader Robert Gordon labelled him a “very thoughtful, committed and able representative of his constituents”.