A WELL-known independent councillor has resigned from the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.
Cllr David Nettleton was elected to the town council when it was first formed in 2003 and spent three years as its internal auditor.
He did not stand for re-election in 2007 but returned in 2009 after a successful by-election and he was re-elected in May 2011.
After his resignation on Friday, he said: “I was planning to resign from the town council next February so that any by-election would coincide with the county council elections due on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Recent events make it important to me that I go now.”
He did not wish to elaborate on ‘recent events’.
His time on the council also saw him serve as chairman for a year, vice-chairman for two years and chairman of its finance, policy and resources committee for three years.
Cllr Bob Cockle, the council’s current chairman, said: “I’m sorry to see he’s decided to resign.”
He said Cllr Nettleton had been an ‘extremely great help’ to him.
“What he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing,” he said. “His expertise in regards to handling financial matters was second to none.”
“He was chairman of the finance committee and, with that expertise, he served those in his constituency and all the communities in Bury with great concern.
“I personally think that I shall miss him – he was always at the end of the phone and he will be sorely missed.”
Fellow town councillor Paul Farmer said: “Having also been a founder member of the council I have worked with David on and off for over nine years.
“Though not of the same political persuasion, we often saw eye to eye, especially on the subject of keeping Council Tax down. I shall miss our friendly rivalry and his sense of humour.”
Cllr Stefan Oliver said he was ‘very sorry’ at the news.
He said: “He’s a very thoughtful and active councillor and has been of considerable value to the town. It is a great shame, he’s been a sensible and steadying influence.”
Cllr Nettleton was due to undergo surgery this week but plans to resume his duties as a councillor on St Edmundsbury Borough Council from August 6.