Liz Tirard stand d own from town council

PUBLISHED: 13:47 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

A FORMER councillor in Honiton said it had been a joy to serve on the town's council over many years.

A FORMER councillor in Honiton said it had been a joy to serve on the town's council over many years.Liz Tirard officially stepped down from Honiton Town Council at its meeting on Monday, August 11, and she took the opportunity to express her thanks to the remaining members.She praised the work of Councillor Michael Teare for his efforts in working towards bringing a community centre to the town.She also said she had asked to be the deputy chairman of the town's planning committee because of the huge respect she had for Mr Teare's abilities in this area.She said: "He showed (his abilities) with the skilled way he handled the first round of the Tesco applications."I am sure he will show the same wisdom and even-handedness when the appeal comes before the council, as indeed he does whether an application is for a tree to be lopped or is one of much greater magnitude."She also advised the council to ignore the "brickbats and criticisms which emanate from certain sections of the population" and continue its democratic work.She said: "This is a democratically elected council and all decisions are taken democratically, with the will of the majority becoming council policy, and this is how it should be."She went on to say: "Let us preserve our town, its identity, its individuality, its friendliness, and let us support and affirm those who have volunteered their time and energies to make decisions on our behalf."She also praised the town clerks who had offered her guidance over the years and said the council was in safe hands with the current incumbent, Lyn Hargood.She closed by saying: "I thank my former colleagues, both those who have been here far longer than I and the more recent additions for their forbearance and friendship over the last few years."It has been a joy to work with them all.

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