One of Thurrock Council’s longest serving members has resigned.
Cllr Ian Harrison (Corringham and Fobbing) tendered his resignation, with effect from midnight, Saturday, 31 December.
He was Mayor of Thurrock between 2004 and 2005.
In July 2011 the full council unanimously accept the non attendance by Cllr Harrison at meetings for “of health-related carer duties” — the serious illness of his partner, Daphne Hart.
Cllr Harrison was first elected to the council in May 2000 — for the Chafford Hundred ward — before moving to his home ward of Corringham and Fobbing in 2001.
In his letter to chief executive Graham Farrant, Cllr Harrison wrote: “I am extremely grateful to the voters of both wards for putting their trust in me.”
He goes on to say how proud he was to have met “so many people in all walks of life committed to making our area a better one”.
He says: “I have learnt from members and officials of the council alike of their enduring efforts to help our part of Essex, improve its facilities and services in the interests of the entire community. Those efforts I am sure will continue long into the future.
“But the time has now come for me to acknowledge that my part in this process must come to an end.”
Cllr Harrison’s council seat was due to come up for election in May 2012, less than six months time. There will be no by-election.