A well-known Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has abruptly resigned this week and spoken out about why he’s stepping down.

Paul Young, pictured here on the right, is the second Deputy Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge and also Chairman of the council’s Town Projects Committee.

Town Clerk Tatiana Cant announced his surprise resignation at the start of Monday’s full council meeting. He has been a Conservative councillor for eight years, serving the Burnham South ward.

Paul told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I have enjoyed my eight years as a councillor, although at times it has been frustrating.”

“The turning point for me was when a recent Tory party meeting was held in Burnham, to which I wasn’t invited. The Town Council roles for the coming year were discussed. I was offered Vice Chairman of the Burial Committee and I heard afterwards that several councillors had said my council attendance has been poor. In fact, I have simply been busy with business and have not always been able to attend every council meeting.”

He added: “I’ve decided to stand down but still intend to remain active in Burnham’s community with various events and groups such as the Apex Parkrun.”

Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I am sad to see Paul go – he has put a lot into this council.”

The resignation means an election may be held to find a new councillor to fill the vacant seat unless the council chooses to co-opt a replacement. Due to the timing of the resignation, there is not enough time for the Town Council election to be arranged for the same date as May’s upcoming County Council election.