Tributes paid to ‘wonderful, kind’ town councillor

Greatly missed: Steve Newton
Greatly missed: Steve Newton

Tributes have been made to highly respected Horncastle town and district councillor Steve Newton who passed away last week aged 52.

Coun Newton served as a member of East Lindsey District Council for seven years alongside Fiona Martin and Sandra Campbell-Wardman.

He acted as portfolio holder for the Environment, a role which included car parking and markets.

In an emotional tribute, Coun Campbell-Wardman said: “We’re all devastated by this loss. It was a real honour and a privilege to have been his friend for over 20 years and to have worked alongside him as a town and district councillor.

“He was a wonderful man. People don’t realise how much he actually did do for the town.

“The work he did was immeasurable. He was kind, generous, loving and our thoughts are with this family.”

Coun Martin said: “Steve was a hard working and dedicated councillor on both Horncastle Town and East Lindsey District Councils.

“His service to our community was exemplary and nothing was ever too much trouble for him.

“His passing will leave a huge gap on both councils which will be impossible to fill.

“We will all miss him and his good humour greatly and are thinking of his family at this difficult time.”

Woodhall Spa district councillor Craig Leyland said: “I’m very saddened, Steve was a very good friend.

“We worked very closely together at ELDC with the executive board. He always had a very common sense approach.

“He loved his ward and the people he represented.

“Steve had a very difficult portfolio to manage but he did it in the best way that he could.

“My thoughts go to his family and children.”

Stan Avison, district councillor for Coningsby and Tattershall, added: “He was a great councillor and he really cared about Horncastle - he will be missed at Manby.”

County Councillor Bill Aron said: I was saddened to learn of Steve’s death as I had known him for many years. Steve was a brilliant ambassador for Horncastle when carrying out his numerous community roles.

“Steve worked extremely hard both as a town and district councillor. It has been a huge honour to have worked with him, especially on the local council. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts go out to all his family.”