Sadness after death of veteran councillor

THE chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council has paid tribute to Councillor John Abbott who died after a short illness on Tuesday, at the age of 71.

Cllr Abbott had been a district councillor for Fordham Villages since 1997, serving as chairman of the council between 2002-04 and chairman of planning committee from 1999 to 2003 as well as being a member of other committees.

Councillor Anthea Davidson, chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “All members of the district council are deeply saddened by the loss of John. He worked extraordinarily hard for the people of Fordham Villages and his contributions to the council over the years improved lives across the whole of East Cambridgeshire.

“John was a kind, caring and generous man who be missed by his councillor colleagues and his community. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”