Councillor stepping back

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A SENIOR councillor in Bury St Edmunds is to step down from Suffolk County Council and his portfolio role at St Edmundsbury Borough Council citing ill health.

Cllr Paul Farmer has been a member of the borough council, representing the Abbeygate Ward, since 2003 and was elected to represent the Tower Division on the county council earlier this year.

He will carry on representing the Abbeygate Ward on the borough and will continue as a town councillor – but has stepped down as borough portfolio holder for resources and efficiency, a role he has held for nearly five years.

“Local matters brought me into politics and working for Abbeygate’s residents has always been my priority.

“Being part of St Edmundsbury’s cabinet has been very rewarding, but whilst at present I can’t do all three jobs 100 per cent then my local electors must come first,” he said.

Cllr Farmer added that he would now concentrate on key issues affecting his residents, including the operating conditions of Wetherspoon’s and loss of the Special Area Licensing Policy.

“I look forward to being a back bench borough councillor once more, working as hard as ever for my residents,” he said.