Paramedics called to treat environment chief

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AN AMBULANCE was called after a senior Hampshire county councillor fell ill at a conference.

Conservative Mel Kendal, who is in charge of the environment and is overseeing the controversial Bus Rapid Transit scheme in Gosport, needed urgent treatment while visiting the General Electric Smart Grid Technology Centre in Bracknell.

He did not require hospital treatment and went home.

A county council spokesman said: ‘He received treatment there and his condition immediately improved.’

Cllr Kendal, who also runs his own business, is responsible for the council’s £110m environment budget, including road repairs, waste disposal and street lighting.

His department is planning to axe more than 100 jobs as part of the council’s plans to plug a £55m hole in this year’s budget.

The councillor was first elected to Hampshire County Council in 1997 and became the county’s executive member for environment in June 2009.

He has recently come under fire from campaigners against plans to build a bus lane between Gosport and Fareham to ease traffic on the A32.

He is understood to have spent yesterday at home and he is expected to return back to council work soon.