and Highbridge councillor to stand down at May's election
Burnham and Highbridge town councillor has announced this week
that she will be stepping down from her role at the election in
Helen Groves has taken the decision not to seek re-election after
four years in the position.
care as passionately about our community today as I did four years
ago but feel that I am at this time no longer able to best serve
you as your local representative," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"There are numerous reasons for this but primarily it is
due to two factors. This last year on a personal level has been
one of the most difficult of my adult life. There are significant
health issues affecting a family member which has made it increasingly
difficult for me to set aside the time you need from me to address
complex case work and attend council meetings. I do not feel it
would be fair to you to continue on without knowing I could give
the role the time and commitment it deserves."
She added: "Secondly, but equally, I have always done my
best to represent your views at council. More often than not this
has put me at odds with the majority of council members and frankly
this has not been appreciated by many of them."
has led to unfortunately quite difficult relationships with some
which have become increasingly unpleasant. Whilst I have considered
myself to be equal to the challenge that this presents, I also
must acknowledge that it is emotionally draining and this impacts
the levels of energy I can direct into the things I feel involvement
in local authority should be about."
do not feel that I can honestly say I could approach another term
with the same levels of energy and enthusiasm as I did four years
ago and whilst I would always do my best, I feel you deserve more
than I can offer to you. I do not want to be a politician who
is comfortable with nothing every changing. I know that at this
time I need to take a step back and reconnect with the community
based activity that perversely involvement in local authority
has become a barrier to."
She added: "I am absolutely confident that our candidates
for Highbridge will deliver to you the energy and passion you
deserve and I hope you will be able to offer to them the warmth
and support you have extended to me."
She thanked all those who have supported her over the past four