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Hampshire County Council mourns the death of Councillor John West

Monday, 06 January 2014

Flags are flying at half mast at Hampshire County Council's Winchester headquarters following the death of Hampshire County Councillor, John West who passed away on Wednesday 1 January 2014. He leaves his wife Bridget, a son and daughter, and grandchildren.

Councillor West was elected to Hampshire County Council in 1997 and represented the County Council division of Petersfield Butser.

In his professional life, Councillor West was a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation, working in local government including at Devon and Lancashire County Councils, Hampshire County Council, and as Principal Engineer at East Hampshire District Council. He retired in 1993.

Among his various appointments on the County Council, Councillor West served on the Children and Young People Select Committee, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and Regulatory Committee. He also represented the County Council on a number of other external bodies including the Regional, and Hampshire and IOW Flood Defence Committees, River Wey Trust Management Committee and Southern Hampshire Road Safety Council.

Leading tributes, Hampshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Ken Thornber said: "John West was a valued colleague and served on the County Council for 16 years, and in that time he served as a member of the first Cabinet of Hampshire County Council with responsibility for environmental matters, in which capacity he served for three years. He also served as Vice Chairman of the County Council in 2004 and Chairman of the County Council in 2005. In these and other duties, such as Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Children's Services, he brought a combination of humour and considerable insight, whatever his role was.

"John was an assiduous Member and pursued constituents' issues with vigour. The County Council today is poorer for his passing, and he will always be remembered with affection."

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "I am truly saddened by the loss of Councillor John West, who worked hard, with loyalty and dignity, to serve his local community throughout the years. His wisdom, and support for the County Council and to the residents of Petersfield whom he represented, will be greatly missed. We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife Bridget and his family at this very sad time."

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