Fenland District Council leader Alan Melton has announced that he is retiring from local politics after 33 years.
Mr Melton said he made the decision three years ago when he was re-elected as ward member for Chatteris Birch and he is now standing by that decision.
“I think it’s the right time to go,” he said. “It’s time for the party to elect a new leader to take them into the next election.”
Mr Melton added that he broke the news to his family at a New Year’s party and stressed it was his own choice to retire.
The election of the new leader will take place on May 1 and Mr Melton will step down on May 8. He will still be involved in council duties until that time, chairing the Cabinet meeting on April 24 and jointly chairing the Wisbech 2020 vision summit on May 2.
In a statement sent out to council members, Mr Melton said: “I have enjoyed my 33 years serving the people of Chatteris, Fenland and Cambridgeshire. I am very proud of my record as a member and leader for two very momentous terms.
“The adoption of the Core Strategy, which will be the benchmark of Fenland until 2031, is the appropriate time for new leadership, new energy and new enthusiasm.”