Resignation of Councillor

Resignation of Councillor

It is with regret that the Parish Council has accepted the resignation of one of its long serving Councillors.

At the Parish Council meeting on 22 January 2019, the Members accepted the resignation of Thomas Aram who has recently moved away from Sawley. Thomas has been a long serving and much valued Councillor, working tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Sawley.

In 2017, as the then Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, he was announced as Runner-up in the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) 'Star Council' awards for Councillor of the Year. The judging panel said: "We were very impressed with the level of engagement that Councillor Aram undertook with organisations that were outside the normal networks that local councils would be accessing. Indeed, the general work around getting funding to improve Lakeside car park and for community tree planting is mightily impressive."

In his resignation letter Mr Aram said: "The decision to leave Sawley and the Parish Council hasn't been easy for me, however, I have many fond memories from installing Christmas trees, planting flower beds, opening gardens, closing roads, writing funding bids, a Business Plan, whilst being nominated and coming runner up for Councillor of the Year, to name a few, however, more importantly to me are the lasting friends and neighbours that I've made along the way! I can honestly say that I have left Sawley proud of all we have accomplished in the past three years, and I have no doubt the Council will continue these successes in the future."

The Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor John Sewell said in response to Mr Aram's resignation: "Tom will be greatly missed on the Parish Council; his contribution to the work of the Parish Council has been second to none and I and the other Members of the Parish Council wish him well for the future."

The resignation of Councillor Aram now presents a casual vacancy on the Council. However, as this is within six months of the next election (Thursday 2 May), a by-election will not be triggered. As the vacancy has occurred so close to an election, the Parish Council has decided not to exercise the option of 'co-opting' a person onto the Council and the seat will remain vacant until the upcoming election.

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:22 by Bethany Colegate

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