Former Sefton Council Norwood ward Councillor Brian Rimmer has died I am sad to have to report.
I first met Brian when he was Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sefton Council around 1987. I went to see him to seek his help in trying to negotiate a better deal for Maghull Town Council, or more precisely for Maghull’s Council tax payers, over the rebate of over-paid Council Tax. This problem, called Double Rating, actually affected all the Civil Parishes in Sefton Borough where the local parish council maintained the parks and gardens i.e. Maghull, Aintree Village, Melling and Lydiate.
I went into Brian’s Southport Town Hall office (which strangely became my office when I became a Sefton Councillor in 1999 and then Lib Dem Leader on the Council in 2002) and realised I was talking to a no nonsense chap who wanted me to come to the point about what I wanted and why I wanted it. I spluttered out my wishes, he said he would do what he could and I was sent on my way thinking that Brian was a tough man to do business with and had I made a mess of my attempt to get him onside. Not long afterwards he got in touch, told me he had negotiated a better deal and was I happy? Happy, I was absolutely delighted.
My good friend and former Southport MP (now back on the Council as leader of the opposition) Cllr. John Pugh said in a Tweet today:- Sad to hear of passing of former councillor (43 years) and Mayor, Brian Rimmer – a warm and generous soul and friend who lived for his community and family
And former Sefton Councillor Roy Connell told me of his working as Brian’s Deputy Spokesman on Sefton Council’s former Social Services Committee and how he enjoyed working with a councillor who gave the officers of the Council a hard time especially if he thought they were looking for an easy life.
Brian was certainly a one-off but he was more than capable of negotiating political alliances when he felt that residents of the Borough could benefit from them.
RIP Brian Rimmer