Tributes paid to Chichester Harbour stalwart

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A FORMER Chichester councillor has died. Hector Allen was born in London on December 17, 1914 and educated at Archbishop Tennyson’s Grammar School in London.

In the war he served in the Royal Engineers in North Africa, Italy and Austria. A town planner by profession, he worked for London County Council and then Greater London Council until 1979. He had a spell as a planning officer in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1958 to 1960 – a country where his own parents and sister had gone to live.

His planning career in this country had involved him with the redevelopment of war-damaged London and in latter years, development of new and expanded towns.

Mr Allen’s family had owned property in the Witterings since 1906 and he settled there permanently in 1960. He designed and had built a holiday home in 1955 and then designed a second property in 1966 in which he lived until his death.

He became a parish councillor in the mid-1970s and was chairman from 1979 to 1983. He became district councillor for West Wittering between 1976 and 1999, serving as vice-chairman from 1986 to 1989 and chairman from 1989 to 1992.

A particular passion of his was serving as a member of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and he was chairman from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 he was made a freeman of the harbour.

He passed away at West Wittering on December 16, leaving his wife Constance Irene Allen, two sons Martin and Paul, and two grand-daughters, Katherine and Victoria.