Not enough time to give to council business

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EDITOR – I have decided not to stand in the forthcoming elections.

My reasons are entirely personal, in that I cannot sustain the relentless rounds of evening meetings and commitments alongside a full-time job and a young family.

I do worry that the very nature of this reason for standing down is an inherent problem for the council in the future as it means that in the main, councillors will be retired, with the result that younger people – especially with families – may well be under-represented.

If it is the wish of the council, I will continue to facilitate the Youth Council – although it may be necessary for a councillor to attend these meetings as well – that is for the council to decide.

I am also happy to continue to chair the Walkers Are Welcome steering group – as this is not a council group – although it will be necessary to ensure council representation. Coun Harvey has always shown an interest in this area so may be best placed – again it is for the council to decide.

Finally – I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the council, and I hope that at some point in the future I may be able to stand again – preferably before I retire, but certainly not until the kids are a bit older and are too trendy and grown up to spend time with their old Dad.

I’ll still be at all meetings I have already committed to until the new council is formed.

MIKE ECKERSLEY

Deputy Mayor of Market Rasen Town Council