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.

  9 comments for “Botley Councillor stands down

  1. Matthew Myatt
    April 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Better to quit then be totally destroyed by #UKIP, I think there is at least one other that I know who will not be contesting their seat either.

  2. Steve Smallwood
    April 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    You’re an ungracious numpty Matt.

    • Matthew (Numpty) Myatt
      April 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I am glad you appreciate it

  3. Steve Smallwood
    April 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  4. Steve Smallwood
    April 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    By the way Matt did you enjoy HIGNFY? http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/5137440?1397290405

  5. Anne Romaine
    April 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I presume the Lib Dems paid for the “farewell bash” and not Eastleigh taxpayers?

  6. Rosie
    April 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Sad that the Lib Dems are no longer what they used to be. Lib Dem local councillors used to act in their whole community’s interests, as I’m sure this councillor would have done for many years. No surprise either that she is moving out of the area, with the local Lib Dems’ destruction of our best countryside and our local heritage. Many long-standing residents have already moved out – especially the over 40’s and elderly population – and many more will follow. If the Lib Dems want a “new town” full of young people from outside the area, they are likely to get what they want but it is very sad times for this area, which the Lib Dems are ruining for ever.

  7. Steve Smallwood
    April 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I just think accusing councillors who have served a long time and are moving away of cowardice is bad form. Did you enjoy HIGNFY last night?

  8. April 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I heard some time ago, via the grapevine, that this was on the cards. Well done Cathie for seeing out your full term as a Borough Councillor. I respect that sort of commitment.

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