Final meeting for the departing councillors

LONG-STANDING councillors who have stood down in the forthcoming elections were thanked by their colleagues at their last council meeting on Wednesday night (April 20).

Cllr Graham Marsden, who was elected by residents in Upperton in 1991, served as mayor of Eastbourne in 2005 and as leader of the council in 2000 to 2002 and then again in 2004 to 2005, will not be standing as a candidate in this year’s borough council elections which will be held on May 5.

Hampden Park councillor Mary Pooley who has served her ward since 1990 and was mayor in 2007 to 2008 is also retiring from the council.

As is her fellow ward councillor Olive Woodall who was elected on to the council in 1991 and served as mayor in 2002 to 2004.

Cllr Barbara Goodall is also stepping down from the council after serving Ratton ward since 1991, with a break between 1995 and 1998. Cllr Goodall, like many of the other long- serving councillors, has also served as mayor in 2004 to 2005.

The four long- standing councillors spoke about how they had enjoyed their time of the council.

Cllr Marsden said, “It has been and honour and a privilege to serve the people of Upperton.”

Michael Bloom, Andrew Goodwin, Rebecca Madell, Daniel Purchese, Greg Szanto and Susan Tarrant, who were all elected in 2007, will also stand down.

At Wednesday’s council meeting at Eastbourne Town Hall, leader of the council Cllr David Tutt paid tribute to all the councillors and thanked them for their hard work.

Cllr Tutt said, “This is a time for celebration for the work they have put in over the years.

“All of those councillors have had an impact on Eastbourne and we thank them for it.

“I don’t believe there is any better recognition than that which comes from your fellow councillors because we know what it takes to give up your time week in and week out. We are delighted to do it and we know that you have been delighted to do it over the years. Thanks goes to each and every one of you.”

Cllr David Elkin, leader of the opposition, added, “These are people who have put in huge efforts because they want the best for the town.”