Fareham Borough councillor quits after failing to attend meetings

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A PORTCHESTER councillor has quit Fareham Borough Council after he failed to attend any council meetings in the last six months.

Lib dem Chris Brown, who represents Portchester East, has not attended a meeting since August 5 last year.

Cllr Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council, has told The News that in that time Cllr Brown has claimed more than £3,000 in members’ allowances.

Today Cllr Brown resigned rather than being disqualified. A by-election will now take place.

Cllr Jim Forrest, Liberal Democrat group leader, Fareham Borough Council said in a statement: ‘Chris’s Liberal Democrat colleagues are disappointed that he feels unable to continue serving on the Council to channel his obvious concern for the residents of Portchester East.

‘We apppreciate that the demands of running his own business have made it difficult for him to attend meetings, and respect his decision to say so honestly rather than to continue in a post whose public duties he was uncomfortable with.

‘We are grateful for the considerable work Chris has done behind the scenes for residents in Portchester. We pledge that Liberal Democrats will continue to serve those residents, in the council chamber and in the ward.’

The News has attempted to contact Cllr Brown prior to publication but has not been available to speak with us.