Lee East Ward Borough Councillor, Hampshire County Councillor for Lee, Grange, and Rowner and Vice Chairman
Graham Burgess and his wife Mal have lived in Lee on the Solent for over 40 years. He moved here with his family whilst he was serving in the royal Navy where he served 24 years both above and below the waves. His two daughters went to local schools and still live in the locally.
Elected as a Hampshire County Councillor in 2011 he is, once again, standing to represent the residents of Lee on the Solent, Grange and Rowner. He serves on the Environment, Transport and Economy Select Committee and HASC Scrutiny Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of Hampshire County Council.
Graham has also been a Gosport Borough Councillor since 1998 and over the past 18 years has served on most of the Service boards. He has served as Chairman of the Housing Board on two occasions and is presently the Chairman of the Community Board as well as Deputy Leader of the Council.
It was a great honour for Graham and Mal to be Mayor and Mayoress of Gosport in 2005/6 when they represented the borough and many wide and varied events which culminated in being presented to Her Majesty the Queen during the Trafalgar 200 celebrations. They also attended over 400 events.
Lee on the Solent is a special place to both him and his family, as it is to most residents in Lee on the Solent. Everyone seems to take and interest in the community and trying to improve it.
In Lee on the Solent and Grange, Graham is delivering car parks and play areas for all ages in the Alver Valley, safety improvements to Marine Parade car parks and bus stops as well as cycle racks, investment in the Daedalus Enterprise zone as well as supporting local groups such as the Lee Community Centre, Lee Business Association and working with Lee on the Solent Residents Association. He has used his devolved budget to support many other groups and projects such as the Rowner Carnival, Lee Infant School, National Coastwatch, Gosport Heritage Days,Royal Navy submarine Museum,, Lee Sailing Club, Gosport Marine Scene, Focus Youth Club, Gosport Scouts, St Faiths Church, Lee Community Responders, St John’s Ambulance, Gosport Bowling Club, Lee Voluntary Care Group, Gosport , rowner Parish Church,BMX Club, Defibrilators in both Lee on the Solent and Grange, CCTV for Rowner Community Trust, Give, Gain and Grow, Christmas in Lee, Solent WI, Siskin Schools and many more. He has also replaced the old dilapidated notice board with a new community notice board in the High Street.
Four years ago, you gave Graham your continued support to improve the quality of life of Lee on the Solent and Grange residents. He believes that the Conservatives have achieved that. They have delivered on our promises. Now, due to external government pressures in reducing the Country’s deficit we have had to increase the council tax which means an increase of only 10 pence per week for a Band D property. No front line services have been cut. Improved efficiency and more effective working practices are the key words along with getting value for money.
Should Graham be elected, he would be the first person living in Lee on the Solent to be Chairman of Hampshire County Council. A great honour for a truly local man.