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Anita Williams resigns from the town council

A COUNCILLOR has stood down from Lyme Regis Town Council – but hasn’t ruled out a return in the future.

Anita Williams tendered her resignation to the mayor and deputy mayor on Thursday, citing work and health issues as her reasons for stepping down.

She said: “I have had some health issues over the last six months, I have further surgery scheduled shortly and in view of this I need to focus on regaining my health and getting back to work. 

“My work at East Devon District Council is also increasingly busy and it has been difficult to give enough time to council. The increasing number of council meetings has been an issue for me whilst working full time.  

“I have always felt strongly that the town deserves councillors who are able to focus on the role and who are able to work hard to do what is best for the town.  I am not currently able to do this and I feel that it would be better to allow someone else who is able to dedicate the time to take on the role. 

“I have enjoyed my time as a councillor and would like to thank all those who voted for me initially and those councillors, council officers, former councillors and others who have helped and supported me over my time as a councillor. 

“I wouldn't rule out a return at some time in the future when I am able to dedicate sufficient time to the position.”  

Deputy mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis said: "We are sorry Anita is standing down from the council but appreciate the difficult circumstances she is currently facing. I understand this has been a difficult decision but Anita's health and work has to come first.

"I would like to thank Anita for all her hard work during her time as a councillor. She has made a significant contribution to this council and her expertise in legal and property matters has been invaluable.

"On behalf of the council, I would like to wish her well in the future and for her upcoming surgery."

Anita was elected on to the council in 2011 and prominent roles during this time have included deputy mayor and chairman of the Planning and Highways Committee.