Town and district councillor Brian Watson resigns

Sleaford Mayor Brian Watson.
Sleaford Mayor Brian Watson.

Town and district councillor Brian Watson has resigned due to ill health.

In a letter he informed North Kesteven District Council yesterday (Tuesday) that he had opted to step down from his role as a Sleaford Independent member for the Sleaford Westholme Ward on NKDC to concentrate on getting back to good health. It is believed that he will do the same for Sleaford Town Council although no formal letter had been received by the authority at this stage, according to Deputy Mayor Keith Dolby.

Mr Watson is the current Mayor of Sleaford and also Leader of the Town Council and had recently been under pressure due to the council’s stance against selling a portion of the Boston Road Recreation Ground for a planned link road. But as Leader he had also been instrumental in working towards a number of the council’s recent successes.

Leader of NKDC, Marion Brighton, said: “Brian and I have served together on North Kesteven District Council for many years. He will be missed by all who worked with him – he was respected by all members of the council - and his group will miss him sorely. Brian is a longstanding member of the district council, who has served in many ways over the years, with a strong commitment to the residents of his ward in Sleaford. We wish him all the very best for the future.”

Fellow Sleaford Independent Keith Dolby said his resignation will be a blow: “He is a knowledgeable and long serving member of North Kesteven District Council and I rate him very highly.”

Mr Watson was elected at a by-election in August 1996 and has given continuous service since then. He has served on the Town Council for a similar length of time.

A decision on whether to hold a by elections will be decided later.