Botley Councillor stands down

Cathie Fraser (centre) with Mayor Cllr Malcolm Cross and fellow Eastleigh Councillors

Cathie Fraser (centre) with Mayor Cllr Malcolm Cross and fellow Eastleigh Councillors

Long serving Botley Councillor Cathie Fraser will be standing down from her Borough seat at next month’s local elections and has already stood down from her seat on Botley Parish Council.

Fraser also relinquishes her cabinet seat where she held the portfolio on health.

The Liberal Democrat also sat on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Panel, on the HEWEB community safety forum, Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership, North Whitley Development forum, the licensing panel and the EBC administration committee.

A long time Boorley Green resident, Cllr Fraser found herself at the centre of   planning controversy over the proposal in the council’s local plan to put 1,400 new homes onto the Botley Park golf course.

She joined her fellow Lib Dem Botley Councillor Rupert Kyrle, breaking Lib Dem ranks, to speak out against the plan with Fraser branding it ‘unsustainable’.

Cllr Fraser attended a farewell bash with her Lib Dem colleagues at Eastleigh House yesterday.

Afterwards, Council leader Keith House said:

“Cathie was first elected in 1984 to BPC and 1986 to EBC.

Only two councillors have longer service.

She has been a passionate advocate of the links between housing and health for many, many years and a strong record doing what’s right for Botley”.

Cllr Fraser is understood to be moving to Scotland to build a new ecohome with her husband, former councillor George Fraser.

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