GORDON Collett has sadly died aged 81.
The former Rugby borough councillor died yesterday (Sunday) after battling with cancer.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey led the tribute to Mr Collett saying: “I was very sad to hear the news about Gordon. It came as a shock. I was very involved with Gordon on a couple of local politics issues. We have a lot to be grateful to Gordon for. It’s a great sadness.”
Mr Collett, from Dunchurch, served as a borough councillor for 34 years.
Gordon, who was also a Warwickshire county councillor, is chiefly remembered as one of the forerunners who fought off plans to build a huge airport on two Rugby villages.
When Mr Collett stepped down from his borough council role in May 2007 he said: “It has been an extraordinary experience. I took on the role of councillor in 1973 to help ensure that people living in rural parishes get a fair crack of the whip, and I hope that I have achieved that.
“I came into the council as an independent but later became a Conservative councillor. But I have never been one to agree with things just because it was a Conservative idea.
“The two biggest things I will take away is being a small cog in the big wheel that help resist the development of Rugby airport, and helping to keep Leamington Hastings School open, against all the odds.”
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