Parish council chairman steps down after 17 years

Richard Higgs. EMN-151113-154606001
Richard Higgs. EMN-151113-154606001

A parish council chairman has resigned from the authority after 17 years.

Richard Higgs stepped down as a Heckington Parish Councillor on October 27 after the last meeting. He told The Standard: “I believed I could contribute to the local community and I hope that in some way I have been able to do that.

“I have enjoyed my time as a councillor, however it is with regret that I now feel it is time to retire.”

Mr Higgs said he had been thinking about it for some time and would have gone at the last election two years ago but had a couple of projects to see through - the move to new council chambers and the creation of the community library, which should be opened downstairs by November 25.

He said: “It was unfair on somebody else taking over unfinished business.”

He added: “I had a lot of ambitions when I joined and most of them have come true.”

He also agreed to chair the last meeting rather than leave it to his vice-chairman, expecting angry representations over a ban on dogs on the playing field.

Mr Higgs felt the council needed ‘new blood’ having been chairman for 15 years, succeeding Coun Jan Palmer, who has served as his deputy.

Coun Palmer said he did a lot for the village and they had worked well together. The vacancy on the council will be advertised in due course.