Report by Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter, and James Cracknell
Politicians on both sides of the spectrum have paid tribute to Enfield councillor Chris Bond, who died last week.
Cllr Bond, who had represented Southbury ward for Labour since 2006 and had previously served Ponders End and Enfield Lock wards in a 34-year political career, died on Friday 17th July.
He had been a councillor in Enfield since 1986 and his roles on the council included cabinet member for environment and chairman of the licensing committee.
Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “We are extremely sad to hear of the death of councillor Chris Bond.
“Chris was a committed and passionate councillor who represented the residents of Enfield for over 30 years with the utmost dedication.
“In his capacity as cabinet member for environment, he was a passionate advocate of our wonderful parks and open spaces and helped to deliver some major transformational projects. He was committed to climate action and creating a more sustainable Enfield, with many of his sustainability projects gaining national recognition.
“Chris was Labour through and through and a proud trade unionist. He will be much missed by his fellow councillors, council staff and residents. We send our deepest condolences to all those who loved him.”
Deputy leader Ian Barnes added: “Cllr Bond was huge figure in Enfield. As the leader says, he was passionate about supporting all residents of our borough.
“His vast experience and sense of humour will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous said: “Very sad to hear of the death of Cllr Bond. He was a friend and colleague for over 20 years. His 34 years of public service for Enfield Council was immense. His sound judgment and advice were invaluable. His friendship and kindness will always be remembered. RIP Chris.”
Joanne McCartney, the London Assembly member for Enfield and Haringey, said: “Such sad news. Chris was a lovely man who went out of his way to help residents and colleagues. I will miss my friend.”
Conservative group leader Joanne Laban said: “I liked and respected him immensely. Chris was someone anyone could get on with. He certainly made me laugh, and at Enfield Council you certainly need to laugh at times. My condolences to his family.”
Mike Rye, a Conservative councillor for Town ward, added: “Very sorry to learn of the death of Cllr Bond, a great servant of Enfield he will be much missed, may he RIP.”