Borough Insight

Remembering Councillor Foote

Rob Foote, was a highly regarded councillor and former mayor who was tragically killed in August in a freak accident at Brands Hatch, where he was volunteering as a race marshal.

Robert Foote had served as a councillor for Cuddington ward since 2003 and was Mayor of the borough for 2014-15.

Born and brought up in Bristol, Rob had a passion for engineering and spent 30 years in the airline industry. He was a was a car enthusiast and mechanic and ran his own car servicing business.

As Councillor, Robert chaired the Crime Prevention Panel, the Licensing Committee and served on the Neighbourhood Policing Panel.

On becoming Mayor, Rob said that the feeling of excitement he experienced could only be compared with his first solo flight as a private pilot!

He also highlighted his engineering background as being different from some of the mayoral predecessors from the professional classes, stating that “The Mayor can be seen as a symbol of an open society because the role is no longer restricted to an elite group; the ‘First Citizen’ can come from any class, gender or ethnic background”.

Rosemary, Rob’s wife and mayoress, sadly died of cancer in December.

The council has an online book of condolence for the Rob which be accessed via https://robertfoote.muchloved.comImage: A selection of images of Robert Foote

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