Tributes pour in for former Dartford Council leader
PUBLISHED: 12:44 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:44 18 August 2014
Tributes have been paid to one of Dartford Borough Council's longest serving councillors, and a former leader, John Muckle.
Cllr Muckle, described as a “giant” of local politics, was first elected in 1967. He died last week.
His passing, according to the current leader, marks the “end of an era”.
He was first elected to the old Dartford Rural District Council, representing Labour in Priory Ward.
He had been a Labour ward member for Littlebrook since 1976 and was leader of the council from 1998 to 2003.
He was also mayor of the Dartford in 1973/74 – the year that the new Dartford District Council was formed.
During the 47 years he served on the council, Cllr Muckle was involved in committees spanning almost every aspect of council business but had a particular interest in housing and planning, where he was able to draw from his professional background to make a huge contribution to the council’s work.
Current council leader Jeremy Kite said: “It’s no exaggeration to say that John’s death marks the end of an era.
“He was a giant of local politics and a man of total integrity and compassion.
“Only a handful of people have experienced what it means to be leader of a great community like Dartford and over the years I sought his advice on many occasions.
“Outside of politics he was a keen supporter of Dartford Football Club and he and I shared many fun times at Princes Park. We will all miss him terribly and it is hard to imagine this town and this council without him.
“Our thoughts are with Cllr Muckle’s family at this difficult time.”