Eastleigh’s longest serving councillor, Godfrey Olson OBE will not be seeking re-election to Eastleigh Borough Council when his present term as a councillor for Hiltingbury East ends in May.
Cllr Olson was installed three times as the borough’s Mayor and also served twice as Leader of the Council
He is the leader of the Conservative group on Eastleigh Borough Council and a Freeman of the Borough.
Last year he was honoured by the council for his 60 years of continuous service to the borough.
In a statement issued by his Conservative Association Cllr Olson said:
“I am very appreciative of the residents of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury who have supported me over the past 61 years. I wish to extend my thanks to all the colleagues that have served with me and to the staff of Eastleigh Borough Council for their help and courtesy during my time as a member of the council.
“I wish Dan Hatfield who is standing in Hiltingbury East good luck and every success in the election to be held on 5th May.”
The Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry, himself a former Eastleigh Borough Councillor in the 1970s during Cllr Olson’s first tenure as Borough Council Leader, paid tribute to Olson’s record of public service.
“I wish to express my congratulations and appreciation to Godfrey Olson for his outstanding service to local government and to Eastleigh Borough Council.
“Godfrey was very much my mentor in local government and I learned a great deal from him and am deeply in his debt. He was a truly great Councillor. I have long forgiven him putting me on the allotments committee as my first committee! I wish him a long and happy retirement.”