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Holbeach parish councillor steps down after 15 years

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A parish councillor has stood down after 15 years of serving his town.

John Spencer stepped down from Holbeach Parish Council earlier this week - which now has a total of seven vacancies.

Mr Spencer did not want to share his reasons for resigning from the council, but said that he ‘didn’t want to be tarred with the same brush’.

Holbeach Town Centre. (48558469)
Holbeach Town Centre. (48558469)

The parish council has come under fire during the last few months for its decision not to hold a marching Remembrance Parade due to issues with training and marshals.

It is unknown if this was a factor in Mr Spencer’s decision to resign.

Mr Spencer said: “I tried to do my best and hope everyone appreciates that.

“There are some lovely people in Holbeach and I am glad to have represented them.

“I have served for nearly 15-and-a-half years. I have had some lovely phone calls to thank me. I would like to say thank you back to those people.

“I have enjoyed my time on the council. I don’t want to be tarred with the same brush.”

Mr Spencer, who will remain as the chairman of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion, is the latest in a series of resignations from Holbeach Parish Council over the last year.

Last week it was announced that Eddie McNally and Dan Taylor have both resigned from the parish council’s town ward.

Long-serving husband and wife duo Graham and Carol Rudkin stood down in June along with Laurence Marchant and Dawn Howarth.

Mr Rudkin still represents the town on South Holland District Council.

The parish council stated: “We are all sad to see John Spencer retire from the council after many years of service. His hard work and knowledge will be greatly missed but we do understand that he feels he can no longer give 100% to the council.”

The council’s website states that a vacancy in Holbeach Hurn ward, another in the Holbeach Drove ward and two others in the town ward are available for co-option.

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