A planned new Freedom of Norfolk title should only be conferred on “rare and exceptional occasions”, councillors will hear next week.

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Norfolk County Council councillors last month backed the idea of creating the honour and officers have been working up how the process would work.

People or groups could be in line for the award, as Norfolk County Council attempts to follow similar honours handed out in Norwich, King’s Lynn and also Great Yarmouth.

A report which will come before cabinet on Monday suggests that recipients of the award should receive a scroll and have their name inscribed on the roll of honour at County Hall when given the award.

The suggested privileges which those conferred with the title would have includes:

A reserved seat at council meetings.

Invitations to civic ceremonial events.

To have any civic flag flown at half-mast after their death.

To take precedence over councillors, but not over chairman or vice chairman, at civic functions and civic processions.

The report suggests that nominations for honorary freemen would be open to the public and, following recommendation by the council chairman, be voted on by all Norfolk County councillors.

Nominees would be given the honour only if they receive votes from at least two thirds of the councillors.

In the report which councillors will be asked to approve, Chris Walton, head of democratic services at County Hall, said: “This honour will be awarded only on rare and exceptional occasions.”

5 comments

  • What a load of archaic nonsense!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Sounds like councillors voting for councillors. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Give me the funny handshake. Does your relative want a job and a seat on the council ?. The whole lot will be fiddled from start to finish.

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    "V"

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • seems like a waste of time and money

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    Phyllis Tyne

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • More undemocratic maneuvers for the brotherhood tribe.

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    nrg

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Has April Fool's Day come round again already?

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    Nemesis

    Friday, November 30, 2012

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