LONG-SERVING Labour councillor and former Mayor of Worcester Coun Paul Denham will retire from local Government at the election.
Coun Denham will end his two-term stint as county councillor for Rainbow Hill at the May 6 poll having stepped down as city councillor for the area two years ago after 18 years of service.
The news will bring to an end more than two decades of political life for Coun Denham who was elected Worcester’s first citizen in 2016/17 and served as a magistrate in the city from 2002 to 2016.
“Rainbow Hill residents are lovely people, but many have problems dealing with big organisations and it has been very satisfying helping them get what they needed,” he said.
“I’ve helped with planning, street lighting, social services, refuse, schools, potholes, noisy neighbours and pavement repairs among many other issues.
“It’s also been a real pleasure to financially support lots of local needs using the county council divisional fund.
“The more frustrating times have been spent in county council meetings because there are 33 Tory but only eight Labour councillors. This has prevented almost all opposition ideas, no matter how worthy, from being adopted,” Coun Denham added.
Among his achievements as county councillor was the campaign to save number 34 bus which saw him dig into his funds to support Worcester Wheels for the trial of a replacement service.
“I am now looking forward to spending more time volunteering for the Rotary Club, and as a trustee of three local charities,” he said.
“I also hope to have more time for reading and once the pandemic is over visiting family and friends and planning holidays.”