It would have been impossible to include details of the Mayor of Aylesbury’s death in the latest edition of the town council’s magazine, the authority has said.
Residents have contacted the Bucks Herald and the council questioning why there was no mention of Councillor Steve Patrick’s death in Aylesbury Town Matters, which was delivered last week. Mr Patrick is also still included on the list of councillors.
Mr Patrick died aged 59 on August 7, but the 30,000 copies of the magazine had already been printed by then and prepared for distribution.
Council communities officer Alan Norchi said it would not have been possible to insert a ‘stop press’ note in every magazine as they were already at a Royal Mail warehouse, and the authority decided not to scrap the £7,500 print run.
Mr Norchi stressed that Mr Patrick’s family have in no way been upset by the contents of the magazine.
Mr Norchi said: “They had left the printers which is why nothing could be done except to destroy them or continue with the distribution.
“It would have been impossible to put an insertion in.
“Even if Steve had died while it was still with the printers there was nothing we could have done.
“We didn’t consider scrapping the magazine.
“The family are not distressed by what has happened.”
Liberal Democrat Mr Patrick became mayor in May after taking over from Ranjula Takodra.
His funeral was held at St Mary’s Church , Aylesbury, on August 16, with family, friends, a host of councillors, former mayors and Aylesbury MP David Lidington attending the ceremony.