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Tributes paid to former councillor

26 May 2015 in Council and democracy
Newham Council is sad to announce the death of former Canning Town South councillor Alan Taylor.
Alan passed away at East Ham Care Centre on Wednesday 20 May, aged 73.

He represented the Labour party on Newham Council between 2002 to 2006 and 2010 to 2014. During his time on the council he served on the Local Development Committee, Policy Forums as well as on Scrutiny Commissions.

Alan served in the army and went on to work as a lorry and a crane driver.

From 1994 until his death he was the treasurer of the Custom House and Canning Town Community Renewal Programme during which time he oversaw the transformation of St Luke’s Community Centre from a vandalised building into a centre for charity work as well as office space.  Alan also was the founding chairman of the Triangle Tenants’ Association in Custom House where he raised tenants' concerns to authorities and chairman of the Custom House Football Club where he helped local people get into football.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “Alan was a dedicated councillor who served his ward with passion and commitment. He made a valuable contribution to the work of the council, especially in his participation on scrutiny commissions. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Custom House ward councillor Pat Holland added: “I’ve known Alan since the 1980s, he always stood up for Canning Town and Custom House at residents’ forums before he was a councillor. He was a very caring person and residents appreciated him for that.”