Kathy Tracey served the borough for nearly three decades
Kathy Tracey pictured in June 2015 at the opening of the new West Hill children's centre
Council leader Ravi Govindia has led tributes to former Wandsworth councillor Kathy Tracey who has passed away recently.
She served on the council for 29 years and is credited by her colleagues as being one of the driving forces behind the success achieved by the council during her period in office.
For many years she was in charge of the council’s leisure and amenities portfolio and responsible for many of the town hall’s most high-profile services – ranging from refuse collection and recycling to the upkeep of leisure centres and sports facilities, playgrounds, parks and open spaces.
In later years she served as cabinet member for schools and children’s services. Under her leadership a number of new schools were opened in the borough, including Bolingbroke Academy and Putney Oasis. She also held other important cabinet posts including regeneration, transport and community safety.
Before joining the council she was directly elected as a representative from Wandsworth on the Inner London Education Authority which managed all schools in this part of London until its abolition in 1990. She became a governor at Roehampton Church of England primary school when her children were at the school – and served on that body right to the end becoming perhaps the longest serving school governor in Wandsworth.
She was first elected as a Springfield ward councillor in 1989 in a by-election and latterly in the newly created Wandsworth Common ward until her retirement in 2018.
In 2015 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to local government. Quoted in the local paper she was as modest as ever, saying how humbled she was to have been recognised – but insisted the award was recognition too of the work of colleagues who together with her formed “a great team”.
At the launch in 2011 of a one-stop-shop for teenagers and young people experiencing health, lifestyle and emotional problems
Paying tribute to her years of service, council leader Ravi Govindia said; “Kathy Tracey was a true community stalwart who served the people of Wandsworth with great distinction for almost three decades.
“She was a doughty character with an inner strength that enabled her to overcome obstacles and get things done. But she was able to succeed in achieving her goals by putting up persuasive arguments that even her political opponents would privately concede made perfect sense and this talent helped her improve local public services with minimum fuss and disruption.
“She had a strong set of core beliefs that chimed with local people and this coupled with her dedication to selfless public service ensured that she was a brilliant colleague who could always be relied on.
“She was asked recently what her proudest moment in local government had been and she said it was making sure that the right processes were in place so that children in care had all the support they needed as they became adults. Being Kathy she of course made sure that happened and this comprehensive care package for the borough’s care leavers is quite rightly a fitting legacy of her time on the council.
“Sadly it was only in March last year that her beloved husband Dick passed away and she bore that loss and her brief illness with remarkable dignity and stoicism. We shall miss her deeply and my heartfelt condolences go out to her children and grandchildren upon whom she doted.”
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August 18, 2021