Freedom of the borough
Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 empowers a local authority to confer the “Freedom of the Borough” to persons of distinction, who have in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the Borough.
The Council has now agreed a protocol which sets out the process for nominations and the criteria which will be applied when considering any applicants. Normally honours will be awarded to those men and women who have been raised, lived or worked or who have a strong connection with the Borough, and have demonstrated excellence in their field and in the process raised the profile and enhanced the reputation of the Borough either nationally or internationally.
Only elected members may bring forward a nomination and must have the support of at least 10 other Council members. A member of the public who might wish to suggest a potential nominee may do so by contacting their local councillor and making a full and clear case for the potential nomination. The Ward Councillor will then need to follow the normal procedure.
It is important that any nomination remains confidential and that the nominee is not aware that he or she is being nominated since not all nominations may be successful.