Two Burnham-On-Sea town councillors have left the Liberal Democrats and become independent councillors.
Richard White and Dawn Carey have separately announced their moves this week as they work on cross-party ‘collaborative’ projects to deliver regeneration and town centre improvements.
Burnham and Highbridge Lib Dem group leader Cllr Phil Harvey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are sorry to lose Rich and Dawn as part of our team. They will remain valued colleagues and friends.”
“Both feel that they will be able to influence the Council’s actions more effectively as Independents. We wish them well and look forward to working with them, and other Councillors, for the benefit of our communities.”
Cllr Carey said: “The reason for standing down from the Lib Dems is that I want to be able to work collaboratively on projects that I am passionate about. I have a huge amount of respect for the Lib Dems, in particular Cllr Phil Harvey, who welcomed me with open arms when I joined.”
And Cllr White added: “I would like to thank the Liberal Democrats for their guidance and support since I become a councillor just over a year ago. However, I feel it’s time to act independently of any political affiliations and look forward to collaborating with all councillors as we continue to work hard for the benefit of our towns and residents.”