Seaford’s mayor Anthony White has resigned from office on the grounds of ill health.
The 40-year-old confirmed last week that he was stepping down from the role and that he would also be quitting his position as a Seaford Town Councillor.
He told the Seaford Gazette that he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since an accident in which he says he was crushed under a forklift truck and suffered serious injuries to his lower left leg.
He said, “I have resigned from the council and from the Mayoral role because of ill health.
“I have PTSD and the extra stress of being a councillor, let alone being the mayor of Seaford, has made my condition worse.
“The extra stress of the position has led to severe depression and has affected my home life.
“I just want to concentrate on getting better and having time to spend enjoying my family.”
Mr White became Mayor of Seaford in May of last year when he took over from predecessor Councillor Linda Wallraven.
During his time on the council Mr White campaigned for better youth provision in the town.
Mr White, of Maple Fields, said that he had received many messages of support since resigning.
He added, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as mayor and have met some amazing people doing good for Seaford.
“I was very sad but proud to have my last duty as Seaford Mayor honouring a true gentleman – Mr Don Mabey MBE and Freeman of the town of Seaford.”