Councillor news… an anniversary and a goodbye

Newly elected Cllr Essex in May 2010

Newly elected Cllr Essex in May 2010

Ten years ago this week, Jonathan Essex was elected as Redhill’s first ever Green Councillor – and the first to be elected on a Green ticket in Surrey.

Since then he’s worked tirelessly to bring about positive changes in Redhill and beyond – and has proved a strong and principled independent voice on the local and County Councils.

Thanks to Jonathan’s efforts and the support of an excellent team across the county, the Green Party has grown in strength across Surrey, with a record 14 Greens elected to borough and district Councils last May.

Sadly, we lose one Green Councillor this week as Sue Fenton is stepping down as councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, after serving the year of office for which she was elected in May 2019.

Retiring Cllr Sue Fenton

All councillors who were coming to the end of their terms of office in May 2020 have had their terms extended by the Government for one year due to the pandemic leading to cancellation of the planned May elections. But Sue feels it would be inappropriate to stay on as a recent change in her personal circumstances has meant her needing to move out of the area.

Sue’s resignation creates a vacancy on the council, which will be filled when the rescheduled elections take place in May 2021. In the meantime, residents in the ward will continue to be served by Sue’s colleagues, Cllr Hal Brown and Cllr Ruth Ritter.

Sue Fenton said: “I have very much enjoyed serving as a borough councillor and helping residents with a diverse range of issues. I would have loved to continue but believe it’s only right to do so if I can do it to the best of my ability. The decision has been made easier by the excellent contributions my colleague Soo Abram is making to the Green Party’s work in the area alongside Hal and Ruth. I know Earlswood and Whitebushes will continue to be well looked after by them”.

We would all like to thank Sue for her work on the Council – we will miss her!

 

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