Councils pay tribute to Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew

Somerset West and Taunton Council has led tributes to Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew who died suddenly on Friday 28 October.

Cllr Trollope-Bellew served the South Quantock ward and also represented SWT on the Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee and the Joint Scrutiny Panel of the Somerset Waste Board.

Prior to the formation of SWT in 2019, he represented the Crowcombe and Stogumber ward at West Somerset District Council where he was a long-serving member and leader from 2015-2019.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, said “We are all deeply saddened by the loss of such a well-respected friend and colleague.

“Anthony was a true gentleman known for his tremendous service, his immense knowledge and his passion for the area he loved.

“He was an exceptionally kind, firm but fair man who cared deeply about the community he loved to serve and devoted so much to the people of West Somerset and the wider Somerset West and Taunton area.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Cllr Trollope-Bellew who farmed the family estate at Crowcombe, on the Quantock Hills, also served three terms as a Somerset County Councillor representing Watchet and Quantocks ward from 2001 – 2013.

Somerset County Council Chair, Cllr Mike Best, said: “Anthony Trollope-Bellew was passionate about Somerset, particularly West Somerset and the Quantocks. He was a well-liked and respected figure and it was a shock to hear news of his death.

“On behalf of Somerset County Council, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family.”