TRIBUTES are coming in for Eastbourne councillor Barry Taylor, who has died.

Caroline Ansell MP said: “I am stunned by the passing of my dear friend Barry Taylor. I had seen him only days before. I loved him and I will miss him as will many people across our town.

Barry served as a councillor for Meads on Eastbourne Borough Council for 30 years. He only stepped down from the role last month and was a much-cherished public servant dedicated to his community. He remained in his role at East Sussex County Council.

There will be time to pay tribute to his work and anyone who knew him will know how passionate he was about the unique character of the area he represented and loved.

Today, my thoughts and prayers are all for his family and many friends who will feel his loss so profoundly. God bless you Barry, Rest in Peace.”

Colin Belsey, Chair of Eastbourne Conservatives added “I have known Barry for at least 25 years and he was a gentleman, friend and a hard-working councillor. We will all miss him greatly.”

Pictured: Caroline Ansell and Meads councillors Jane Lamb and Barry Taylor.