DISTRICT councillor John Lee has stood down after three years in office.
He has announced his resignation for personal reasons as RDC member for Collington ward in Bexhill.
Cllr Lee was elected in May 2011 as an independent and was one of four members of the Association of Independents group on the authority.
He said: “I very much regret that for personal reasons I am unable to continue serving as district councillor for Collington ward.
“I have always been deeply conscious of the trust placed in me by Collington residents and it has been an honour and a privilege to work with my friend and colleague, Cllr Tony Mansi, in seeking to represent their best interests within the council.
“I would also like to place on record my sincere appreciation of the support I have always received from the council’s staff, especially in the difficult circumstances which now prevail.”
Malcolm Johnston, RDC executive director of resources, said: “I’d like to thank Cllr Lee for his hard work and dedication to his constituents and to the council as a whole.”
A formal notice of vacancy for the vacant Collington ward seat will now be published.
Cllr Lee with Marcia Dart of St Michael’s Hospice and Ron Storkey