FORMER Whitchurch mayor Mike McDonald has stepped down from the town council owing to work commitments – despite being re-elected only last week.
Mr McDonald had decided to step down last year, only to perform a U-turn and stay on as council chair for another 12 months.
But he insists his decision to stand for re-election was to help the council achieve the number of councillors to have full powers and that he enjoyed his time as mayor.
“Literally, the start of a new council term seemed the right time to step down to allow the council to continue the progress made over the last couple of years,” said Cllr McDonald.
“Naturally, I wish them well I no longer have the time to spend on council commitments at a level I would wish to do so.
“It was important, however, that the council was in a position to adopt the General Power of Competence to allow this progress to continue.
“The council also have a new leader in Councillor Tony Neville and a town clerk in Nicki Young. Alongside revision of governance structures and procedures they are well placed for future success.
“I am incredibly proud to have lead the council over the past couple of years – it is an honour I will treasure forever.”
Acting town clerk Zoë Dean said “Mike has been a great asset to the Town Council as well as hard- working mayor for the town during his time in office.
“We will miss Mike’s positive influence, good humour and knowledge. The town council would like to take this opportunity to wish Mike well in all of his future endeavours.”
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