Today I am announcing my intention to stand down as Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council at the annual meeting on 16th May 2018 but will continue as councillor for Steventon & the Hanneys ward.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as Leader of the Council for the last 7 years and it has been a difficult decision for me to step back from a role I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I am proud of the many achievements of the Council over the years and to have played a part in serving the communities of the Vale during this time. I am extremely grateful for the support of my colleagues, council officers and many members of the public who have worked with the council to improve the place that we all love.
There are many things that I will reflect on with pride, including delivering a Local Plan, introducing 2hr free parking, managing to expand services with diminishing budgets as well as planning and delivering significant projects, from new leisure facilities to flood defences.
As many people will know, since 2017 I have also been Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley and I will now be taking on this role full time. I look forward to continuing to serve the community in this role.