Tributes paid to South Ribble councillor

Councillor Ken Jones, who made headlines last year for declaring a climate emergency in South Ribble, has died at the age of 72. 

Ken’s public work began in the 1970s where he became parish councillor in Shavington in Cheshire. He was the chairman of the Village Festival Committee and introduced a local newspaper.

He was based in London between 1988 and 2008, during which he extensively travelled the world building television stations and organising major sporting events. He returned to South Ribble in 2008, and with his wife Sue was elected local councillor in South Ribbles St Ambrose Ward in 2011.

Throughout his tenure as local Councillor along with his role in Council, Ken has sat as chair of the Licensing and Public Safety Committee and the Taxi Trade Forum and has sat on the Planning, Scrutiny and Standards Committee along with the Leyland My Neighbourhood Area Forum.

In June 2019, he moved a motion for council to declare a Climate Emergency and set a pledge for the Council to achieve Carbon Neutral by 2030. The council is already putting measures in place to reduce the carbon footprint and this work was spearheaded and championed by Ken.

Ken also sat as governor of the Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trusand was instrumental in campaigning for and working with multi-agencies to see CCTV introduced at a local crime hotspot the M6 underpass linking Leyland and Chorley.

Councillor Paul Foster, leader of the South Ribble Labour Group, said: "I have described Ken recently as a stalwart for the causes he devoted much of his life to, and a wonderfully engaging local Councillor and there would be no better way to describe him.

Ken was immensely effective and successful in the support of his local community

Ken was immensely effective and successful in the support of his local community and, on a personal note, he was the most loyal of colleagues."

Councillor David Howarth, leader of the South Ribble Liberal Democrats Group, added: “Ken Jones was an active and constructive member of the council who was passionate about air quality, particularly in the St Ambrose area, and climate change which he vigorously championed to the end.

His passion will be sorely missed both within and without the council chamber and our thoughts go out to his wife Sue and his family at this sad time.

Ken was an avid member of the Preston Rotary Club and sat as their President for the year 2018/19. He also was passionate about local charities and over the years raised money for local good causes.

Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of the South Ribble Conservative Group said, “The conservative group would like to extend our sincere condolences to Cllr. Sue Jones and her family on the recent death of her husband and fellow councillor Ken.

We would also like to extend our sympathies to the Labour group who we know well miss him and his contribution to their group.

In his personal life, Ken was an accomplished broadcaster and worked for the BBC as well as sports broadcasting for a number of other organisations

A lover of beer and real ales, Ken also loved travelling and had an avid passion for trains. This year, Ken and his family visited Cyprus, Portugal, Cape Verde and Germany enjoying the Harz Narrow-Gauge railway. He also visited the Lake District and Llangollen where he enjoyed its famous steam train.

Throughout his life Ken was a fighter and was positive throughout his inspiring battle with illness. Diagnosed with cancer in early 2019, Ken was determined to continue with his work as local councillor, president of the Preston Rotary Club along with continuing to make cherished memories with his family and friends.

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