Somerset County Council will fly its flag at half-mast to mark the death of long-standing Councillor Alan Wedderkopp who has passed away at the age of 89. Tributes will also be paid at Wednesday’s meeting of Full Council by vice chair Councillor Mark Keating.
Cllr Wedderkopp was elected to Somerset County Council in 2013 to represent the Comeytrowe and Trull Division. During his service at Somerset County Council, he served as the Opposition spokesperson for Customers and Communities with a particular interest in Children and Families, Climate Change as well as in County Highways and the Somerset Rivers Authority.
He was also elected to the Wilton and Sherford ward on Somerset West and Taunton Council in May 2019. Cllr Wedderkopp had served on the former Taunton Deane Borough Council for 12 years as a local councillor representing Comeytrowe Ward. During his service at Taunton Deane Borough Council, he served for a time as Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership.
Cllr Wedderkopp had worked in the oil industry where he had been a drilling supervisor on land and offshore projects worldwide for over 30 years. Before that he was a regular soldier in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and spent two years on active service in Korea.
Since his retirement, he has been an active member of his community.
Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill said: “Alan Wedderkopp’s long service to the community, both as a County and District Councillor, was remarkable. He will be much missed, and I would like to extend my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”
Cllr Jane Lock, Opposition Group Leader, said: “Alan was a true democrat, a great team member and passionate about the area he represented, he lived life to the full and we will miss him.”
Cllr Leigh Redman said on behalf of the Labour Group: “Alan was a great help to me during my time as a county councillor, always willing to offer support, his depth of knowledge around rain fall and its impact on water course was extensive, I will miss him greatly, his death will be a big loss to the community, he was admired cross party and it was a pleasure to know him, rest in peace.”