Heather takes her final bow

By Jon Moreno

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

Heather takes her final bow

Heather Humby is to stand down as a county councillor. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

FOLLOWING a career in local politics spanning more than 40 years — representing the Isle of Wight and the Sandown community — Heather Humby is to stand down as a county councillor.

The 77-year-old Independent councillor will step down at the next Isle of Wight Council elections in May after 18 unbroken years with the local authority.

She is its longest-serving member, representing Sandown North.

On the Isle of Wight Council, established in 1995, she served two years as its chairman, her proudest achievement with the authority, wearing the chain of office between April 2002 and April 2004.

Cllr Humby, of Pier Street, Sandown, said: "Standing down as an Isle of Wight councillor is a decision I have not taken lightly because it has always been a privilege to serve the town and its people and to try to do my best for the Island.

"When I started, there were no political groups, all councillors were independent with no political axes to grind and their loyalty was only to the people who elected them into office.

"However, we now have the undemocratic cabinet style of local government, with the ruling party making all the decisions, and I feel the Island people are not getting a fair input into big issues.

"I don’t like it. It’s time for someone younger — perhaps someone not brought up in the traditional council system — to take over.

"I do hope whoever does will do their best for Sandown and the Island."

She joined the world of local politics, as an Independent, on the then Sandown and Shanklin Urban District Council in 1971.

Cllr Humby has also served her constituents’ interests on the former South Wight Borough Council, once as mayor, and currently on Sandown Town Council, on which she served two spells as mayor.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

Cllr Heather Humby.

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by Wendy Cook

3rd March 2013, at 08:29:01

I am dismayed at the ill informed and personal nature of the comments made by Mr Elliott. On an Island with 42% of the elctorate drawing a state pension I suggest his discriminatory comments are made at his peril. I had the privilage of serving with Miss Humby on South Wight Borough Council and have remained a close friend.

Ms Humby has always exhibited the highest standards of Public Service and a daunting level of engagements were always disbatched with humour, integrity and self-deprecating style. I never known her not to be completely across her brief and has always put her Town needs before all else.

I am forced to assume a political motivation for such unkindness to a lady you clearly do not know but welcome the opportunity to see how you will fair in the forth coming elections as with such strongly held view on public service, you must be intending to stand to show us all how it is done rather than carping from the side lines. I am two decades of collecting my pension.

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by kevin froment

21st February 2013, at 22:41:58

you may not have much of an opinion of the lady mr elliott but you cant knock someone who has had a go at it for 40 years can you and i bet she wont be the last to hang up her political boots come may either

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by Stephen Elliott

21st February 2013, at 13:34:20

I'm sorry but at 77 your out of touch. She hasn't a clue what modern life is about and probably found she struggled to stay awake during council meetings.
Dinosaurs like her should not be able to run for local councillor positions.

I see mike is already greasing the pole to be next in line lol

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by Mike Crowe

21st February 2013, at 10:46:32

""" "When I started, there were no political groups, all councillors were independent with no political axes to grind and their loyalty was only to the people who elected them into office.

"However, we now have the undemocratic cabinet style of local government, with the ruling party making all the decisions, and I feel the Island people are not getting a fair input into big issues.

"I don’t like it. It’s time for someone younger — perhaps someone not brought up in the traditional council system — to take over. ""

WELL DONE HEATHER.

and I know that many readers will agree.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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