Former Chiswick councillor Paul Lynch honoured by being made an Alderman

Image: Paul Lynch, during his time as Mayor of Hounslow

Paul Lynch and former Council Leader Steve Curran among those honoured by Hounslow Council for their service

Former Chiswick councillor Paul Lynch is among those to have been honoured by Hounslow Council by being given the title of Alderman.

Paul was first elected to the Riverside ward in Chiswick in 1990 and represented it for 28 years, until he retired from politics in 2018.

He first became active in local politics after joining Brentford and Isleworth Conservatives in 1983, and became leader of the Conservative group from 1995 to 1999. He was elected Mayor of Hounslow for a period in 2009.

Paul was for a long time the Lead member for Children’s Services on Hounslow Council and said he wanted to use his time in office “to speak for deprived children, and for the professionals that care for them.”

During his mayoral year he raised money for several charities: Nazareth House at Isleworth,  Momentum, a charity that supports families of children with cancer, and Hounslow Extra Club (HEC), a voluntary committee run by parents who provide a play scheme for disabled young people.

He was always very popular at Christmas to do a turn as Father Christmas at children’s events. Paul was also awarded Freedom of the Borough in 2015 for his services as a councillor.

Image above: Samuel Curran, receiving the hobour on behalf of his father Steve Curran, who is ill with cancer; Barbara Reid; Cllr Afzal Kiani – Mayor of Hounslow; Melvin Collins, Corrina Smart

Special ceremony celebrates long serving councillors

On Tuesday 5 March, Council members presented the title of honorary aldermen and alderwomen on five former councillors, recognising them for their “eminent services to the Council and the community for twelve or more years as elected members of the Council.”

The ceremony, presided over by the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Afzal Kiani, saw the title given to:

Melvin Collins, for his work as a dedicated champion for disability rights.

Steve Curran, for his work as the former Leader of the Council for eight years.

Paul Lynch, who was a former Mayor and Cabinet Member.

Barbara Reid, who was the former Leader of the Opposition and Cabinet Member.

Corrina Smart, who was a former Mayor and Cabinet Member.

Image above: Samuel Curran, receiving the hobour on behalf of his father Steve Curran, who is ill with cancer; Barbara Reid; Cllr Afzal Kiani – Mayor of Hounslow; Melvin Collins, Corrina Smart

Image: Current Hounslow Council Leader Shantanu Rajawat

Council Leader celebrates “the passion, dedication, and commitment” of Alder people

Announcing the honours, Cllr. Shantanu Rajawat, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“Last evening, we honoured five individuals whose service to the borough of Hounslow has been nothing short of extraordinary. Their passion, dedication, and commitment have left an indelible mark on our community.

“Awarding them the title of honorary aldermen and alderwomen is a testament to their outstanding contributions and our way of expressing the Borough’s gratitude for their years of service.

“In addition, the creation of our first honorary aldermen and women since the 1970s is a fitting way of marking the sixtieth anniversary of this Council’s first election.”