Road safety campaigner Jim Molesworth-Edwards is to be honoured by Uckfield Town Council.
A trophy in his name will be awarded to the overall best safety poster produced in the schools’ competition at road safety day, members of the council’s environment and leisure committee agreed last night (November 9).
The trophy will be held by the winning child’s school for a year.
Councillors said the trophy would recognise Mr Molesworth-Edwards’ “extraordinary service to the council”. They hoped he would agree to present it for the first time at next year’s event.
Mr Molesworth-Edwards, of New Town, stood down as a councillor at the May elections, having first been elected in 2003.
He worked tirelessly to promote the road safety event for children of primary school age, which is held every year on the Luxford Field.
He also acted as the Speed Indicator Device (SID) co-ordinator for the town.
Countless visits to schools
Chairman of the council’s environment and leisure committee, Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town,said: “Back in the early days, Jim would walk for miles around the town and industrial estate collecting funds so the day could take place; along with countless visits to schools delivering a valuable lesson to children.
“I believe this would be a fitting tribute to man that has had this event close to his heart for many years.”
Members of the environment and leisure committee present at last night’s meeting were:
Chair: Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Vice-chair: Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood