Published Wednesday, 16th September 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Councillor Derek Allcard on Monday 7 September 2020.

A photo of the late Councillor Derek AllcardCllr Allcard was a well-respected member of this council, first elected in 2015 to represent the South Park and Woodhatch Ward, and subsequently re-elected in 2019 to the Horley East and Salfords Ward following boundary changes. Previously, he had served as a Councillor on Horsham District Council.

From June 2019 to June 2020, Cllr Allcard was the Chairman of the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Planning Committee. He also served on the following committees over the years: Licensing & Regulatory (2017-2019), Planning (2015-2017 and 2019-2020), and Overview and Scrutiny (2015-2016).

The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Rosemary Absalom, said: “Uniting a lifetime's wealth of knowledge and experience from business and local government, Derek was an exceptional councillor but more importantly, with his cheerful smile and many a gentle quip, Derek would light up any room. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.”

Cllr Allcard lived in the borough for over 18 years and, before retirement, was an engineer by profession.

We send our deepest sympathies to his family and those who knew him at this difficult time.