TRIBUTES have been paid to a Chorley councillor who has died after illness.

Henry Caunce died last Wednesday night and was husband to Val and father of Jon, Oliver, Lucy and Scott.

The 71-year-old was first elected to Chorley Council in 2004 and served on the Development Control Committee, the neighbourhood area meeting committee for the Western Parishes.

In his 15 years service he also had been on the Governance Committee, Chorley West Community Forum, Prison Liaison Panel.

Cllr John Walker led the tributes to Cllr Caunce.

He said: “I have known him since he became a councillor and regularly attended meetings and was a lovely guy.

“He has been ill for a while and was in hospital. He attended our last Conservative group meeting in April and that was the last time we saw him.

“He served on the Development Control Committee as he was a builder by profession and knew about houses and business building.”

Cllr Martin Boardman was elected to represent Eccleston and Mawdesley ward at the local elections and in his summing up speech he praised Cllr Caunce.

He said: “Henry was a dedicated councillor and passionate supporter of the residents of Eccleston and Mawdesley.

“He was a natural leader, a devoted father and grandfather a genuinely and lovely man.

“In 2015 Henry was key in persuading me to stand for the vacant seat to represent Eccleston and Mawdesley on Chorley Borough Council, without his support and advice I would not have won the support of the residents.

“He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Val and his loving family.”

Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “Cllr Caunce worked tirelessly to represent the residents of Eccleston and Mawdesley and I know he will be very much missed both in the local community and here as part of Chorley Council.”

The funeral will take place on May 14 at 1.15pm at St Peter Church Mawdesley.