Alex Riley to stand down as SCDC Councillor

Alex Rileyfrom Cllr Alex Riley

On Thursday 3 May – in just less than ten weeks – every District Council seat and every Parish Council seat within South Cambridgeshire will be up for re-election, even though it is only two years since the Longstanton seat was last contested.  Further information is available here (link) :

For the District Council, this will be coupled with considerable changes.  The council will reduce in size from 57 to 45 elected members and all seats will be up for re-election every 4 years, rather than a third of them every year for three years.  In Longstanton’s case we will be in a ward which also contains Oakington and Northstowe and this new ward will have two elected councillors, rather than Longstanton being on its own and having one councillor.  Such is the rate of growth in our locality that we can expect yet another re-organisation within 10 years, simply to accommodate the growing size of Northstowe.

After much thought I have decided that I will not be offering myself up for re-election as your District Councillor.  I will have served the village for 16 years, having been Chair of the Parish Council from May 2002 to December 2006, and your District Councillor since May 2004.  I think it is time to make way for someone else who is able to put the energy into the role that I used to.

I would like to thank the many of you who have voted for me on the four occasions I have stood.

The role of District Councillor does not need to take up very much time but it does require commitment and can be challenging.  If any local resident would like to discuss what it involves I would be happy to talk it through with you.

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