ALDERSHOT councillor Mike Roberts has admitted he may have to cut down his heavy workload after collapsing with a seizure.

The 53-year-old Labour stalwart (pictured) was taken ill with stroke-like symptoms at a health authority meeting near Winchester on June 19.

He was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester but given the all clear and returned to work two days later.

For now his condition remains a mystery.

But Cllr Roberts, ironically an occupational health adviser, believes the strain of his public work was to blame.

He represents Heronwood ward on Rushmoor Council, Aldershot South on Hampshire County Council, and sits on a range of outside bodies.

He believes, since first becoming a councillor in 1976, he has become involved in some 26,000 cases and written an astonishing 275,000 letters.

"Being excessively involved and working as well, you can only keep it up for a certain period of time," he said.

"There are natural breaking points. Sometimes those points are sheer exhaustion and sometimes they manifest themselves in other ways."

Cllr Roberts, who lives in Cargate Avenue, Aldershot, now says cutting back his workload may be his only option.

"People sometimes take their local members for granted," he said.

"There are some who you wouldn't notice the difference if they were there or not but there are some of us, regardless of party, whose workloads are excessive and some of the demands placed on us are excessive as well.

"You walk through your front door and you have a vast number of e-mails, a vast number of voice mails, but that's the price you pay for being high profile."

He will discuss his lifestyle with medical specialists over the coming weeks.