With a strong possibility that the election will still take place on the 6th of May, I would like to inform you all that I will not be seeking re-election. It is a decision that I made after the last election. I made a promise to my late wife Rita that it would be the last election I would contest and it is a promise I intend to keep.
It seems an age ago that I was elected to represent you all back in early 2000 and I would like to thank you all for the welcome and support you have given me. My successes and failures are too numerous to list here but perhaps the achievement that I am really proud of is the extension we obtained to Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is also the project that took the greatest amount of time to complete some 21 years! I am also proud of the fact that the AONB has launched the “David Wood National Landscape Award” an award that will be presented annually to recognise volunteer contribution.
I will not be disappearing completely as I intend to pursue some volunteering opportunities that may/will come my way in the not too distant future and hopefully these will keep me in contact with the happenings on the Peninsula. So whoever is successful in succeeding me at the next election I hope you will give them the same welcome that you have all afforded me.
In the words of a well-known song “Thanks for the memories”