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Former Mayor steps down from Hunstanton Town Council role



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Civic leaders have today paid tribute to a former Mayor of Hunstanton who has resigned as a town councillor.

Tony Bishopp's decision to stand down was announced in a statement from the authority this morning.

Mr Bishopp served as Mayor for nearly two years, following the resignation of his predecessor, Amanda Bosworth, in September 2019.

Tony Bishopp, seen here, left, at the re-opening of Hunstanton's Town Hall last month, has stepped down as a town councillor.
Tony Bishopp, seen here, left, at the re-opening of Hunstanton's Town Hall last month, has stepped down as a town councillor.

But coronavirus guidance meant he had to spend much of his term in office shielding at his home.

And the statement said health reasons were among the consideration which had led to his resignation, which was tendered last Thursday.

Adrian Winnington, who succeeded Mr Bishopp as Mayor in May, said today: “During Tony’s years on the Town Council he gave a tremendous amount of his time and knowledge to help move it forward.

“He made significant contributions to the Council’s work in the community, especially in his two terms as Mayor.

“Despite having to shield he was able to work with other groups in the town to help put actions in place to protect and provide support for residents.

“I personally know just how much commitment has to be made whilst being Mayor and Chairman of Hunstanton Town Council.

“I want to give sincere thanks to Tony for all he has done for the council and Hunstanton, and wish him and [his wife] Joy all the best for the future.”

Deputy Mayor Maureen Howard said Mr Bishopp was a "massive loss" to the council, adding: “I feel privileged to have worked alongside him on the council over the last few years.”

And town clerk Jan Roomes said he would leave a "huge hole" in the council.

Mr Bishopp's resignation means there are now five vacant seats on the town council.

Residents have until next Thursday, October 28, to write to West Norfolk Council to request a by-election following Mr Bishopp's resignation.

Officials say they will seek to co-opt new councillors if an election is not sought.



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