Tributes pour in for councillor

Gerald Carter, Polegate Town Councillor, died recently
Gerald Carter, Polegate Town Councillor, died recently

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Polegate Town Councillor who died last week.

Cllr Gerard Carter, a retired local businessman, died on July 15 after a long period of ill health.

His death has shocked and saddened his colleagues at the town council.

Mr Carter’s first period of public office was with Wealden District Council from 1987 to 1991. He was instrumental in the formation of the Polegate Ratepayers’ Association, which later became Polegate Residents’ Association, which he chaired for many years.

He first served on the town council in the late 1980s. In 1995 he re-elected to the town council and held office as deputy mayor in 2001 to 2003, and as Mayor of Polegate on two occasions – in 1999 to 2001 and 2006 to 2007.

He served as a town council representative on Wealden District Council Standards Board, and chaired Polegate Town Council’s planning, finance and personnel committees.

Mr Carter had to take a less active role within the council due to his health, but he nevertheless retained a keen interest in local issues.

He was also well-known as the owner of Carter’s, a newsagents and sweet shop in the High Street.

Mayor of Polegate Cllr Malcolm Cunningham said, “Gerald was my mentor and friend throughout my time as councillor, a true gentleman who always had Polegate in his heart.

“He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

His funeral will be held on August 1 at 1.30 pm at St John’s Church in Polegate.

It will be followed by a private burial afterwards.