Louise Bloom the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hedge End Grange Park has resigned her Cabinet seat today.
Bloom who held the portfolio for environment and sustainability has been absent from cabinet meetings since June following a highly publicised split from long term partner Eastleigh Liberal Democrat and Council Leader Keith House.
But in a statement the long-serving Councillor said it was due to her recent prolonged period of Ill-helath no longer able to continue in the role she described as ‘rewarding’.
“Due to my recent and on-going ill health, I feel I am unable to meet all the extra demands of being a Cabinet Member whilst holding down a ‘day job’. It is therefore with great regret that I have today resigned as Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability after 13 very rewarding years. I am extremely proud of all the success we achieved during that time, particularly wining Beacon Council for Tackling Climate Change.
“I will be remaining as a local Lib Dem Councillor representing the great people of Grange Park.
“I would particularly like to thank all the staff I have worked with in my Cabinet role for all their support and wish them and whoever takes up the position after me my very best wishes.”
In January Cllr Bloom resigned her Grange Park seat on Hedge End Town Council – an authority she had previously chaired citing ‘personal reasons’.