Popular Liberal Democrat John Orrick to stand down as County Councillor
Chris Botten selected to stand as Liberal Democrat candidate in the May Election for Caterham Hill and Chaldon
Due to family health issues, Caterham Hill and Chaldon Division County Councillor John Orrick has decided not to seek re-election at the forthcoming County election.
John says: "It would be unfair on everyone for me to stand at a time when I will only devote my activities to home life. For over a year I have tried to balance the competing demands but cannot fulfil the Councillor role to my expectations and to the level that the people of Caterham Hill deserve. I am extremely grateful to colleagues across the political spectrum for their kindnesses and forbearance and particularly to Cllr Chris Botten for taking on so much of the workload from me in what was a very busy year."
John adds: "I shall continue as a Parish Councillor for Caterham on the Hill Parish as I hope for a return to 'normality' toward the end of summer. My fondest memories of the eight years are all related to our wonderful community and the many courtesies shown to me by residents".
As a result of John’s decision, Caterham Hill Liberal Democrats have unanimously selected Cllr Chris Botten to stand in the upcoming May elections. Chris says: "John Orrick’s example of dedication and commitment is difficult to follow, but if I am elected I will do my very best".
John Orrick says “I wholeheartedly support Chris in the upcoming County elections. His work as Chair of the Parish Council and as District Councillor for Portley ward, particularly around the aweful flooding that happened last year, will ensure Caterham Hill’s voice will be heard at County Hall. The ruling Conservatives cannot be allowed to brush what happened under the carpet”