paid to long-serving county councillor Alan Ham
have been paid to a well-known local councillor, Alan Ham, who
died today on Tuesday (September 20th) after battling an illness.
Alan - who was the county councillor for the Brent ward - passed
away, leaving his wife and two sons.
Brent Knoll district councillor Bob Filmer told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It is very sad news that Alan has died. His death is a huge
loss to his family, whom my thoughts and prayers are with at this
"Alan was a very good friend and a mentor to me as a councillor
for many years."
"Having been a parish, district and county councillor at
various times, he had such a wide knowledge of the local council
scene. He gave so much to our local community and will be a big
gap to fill."
Alan was born in Somerset and educated at the former Weston-super-Mare
Grammar School for Boys. After Agricultural College in Shropshire
he became a lecturer in agriculture in Wiltshire and East Sussex.
1970, he and his wife took over the family livestock farm in Weare
and he became involved in local government, first as clerk to
Weare Parish Council and then as a member of Sedgemoor District
Council. Since 1988, he was a member of Somerset County Council.
Alan was closely involved with several local campaign groups,
including the ongoing fight to introduce a footpath along Berrow's
He also had a key role in getting Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley
Parkway finished, as we reported here
at the time. He is pictured here with former Burnham and Highbridge
MP David Heathcoat-Amory in 2009 just before the construction
district councillor Cllr Neville Jones also paid tribute to Alan
on Tuesday, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Without a doubt,
Alan was a role model for me, having persuaded me to stand for
election in 1985."
"He did an awful lot of work for the community, which was
largely unseen by the public. He will be greatly missed and my
thoughts are with his wife and sons at this time."
Berrow district councillor Councillor Tony Grimes added: "It
is with great sadness that I have just heard about the sad news
that Alan has passed away. Alan was a great support in my position
as Councillor of Berrow and Brean. I send my condolences to his
wife and family. He will be greatly missed."
Alan's death means a county council by-election will be held
over the next few months.