Long serving Axminster councillor resigns

PUBLISHED: 07:04 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 14 September 2017

Axminster councillor  Mervyn Symes who has stepped down

Axminster councillor Mervyn Symes who has stepped down

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Mervyn Symes says it’s time to call it a day after 26 years

One of Axminster’s longest serving town councillors has resigned

In a letter before last night’s meeting of the authority (Monday, September 11) Mervyn Symes wrote: “After much thought over the past 12 months, I have made a decision that has not come easily to me regarding my position as a town councillor. I have grown up in the town and had great pleasure in serving on the town council for over 26 years, but I feel that the time has come to step down. With the welcome influx of younger members, I would hope to see the council rejuvenated and moving forward in the near future. It has been a delight serving but I would not want to continue with parishioners telling me and other older members that we have ‘gone past our sell by date’!

“I do intend to continue with the many commitments that I have with local charities within the community and this will allow me to continue to serve the town.”

Mayor Jeremy Walden said the town owed Cllr Symes a deep debt of gratitude for his 26 years of service, two of them as mayor.

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