Melton stands down

Long-serving Chatteris councillor Alan Melton has announced he will not be seeking re-election as a county representative this May.

Mr Melton’s announcement, made earlier this morning, said he was looking to pursue other interests and enjoy more leisure time.

He was first elected as a Conservative councillor in 1997 and during his 16 years of service has held various committee chairmanships, and has served in two cabinet positions.

He said: “It has been an exciting 16 years, a lot has happened on my watch: The King Edward Centre, the new leisure centre, the re-building of Kingsfield School, the expansion of Glebelands School, the re-building of the Cromwell Community College, the building of the South Fens Business Centre and the continued investment in the Chatteris Library.

“I cannot claim full responsibility for all of these marvellous achievements, however, I am extremely proud to have been part of the team that made all of this happen. It has been a brilliant experience and a huge honour to represent the town in which I was born and have lived in all of my life.”

And he continued: “I have decided to step down now as I feel that my tenure has run its natural course, and it is time for someone with renewed enthusiasm to take over my place. I intend to spend more time pursuing other interests and enjoy more leisure time. The next four years in local government are going to be very challenging, despite diminishing resources, expectations have never been higher”

Alan intends to continue as a member of Fenland District Council, where is the current leader, for the foreseeable future.

His Conservative successor as a prospective candidate will be chosen shortly.