Fylde Council chief: Why I am stepping down

DECISION: David Eaves
DECISION: David Eaves
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Fylde Council leader David Eaves has told why he is standing down.

Ansdell Conservative Coun David Eaves said a combination of his age, an illness scare and the authority’s comfortable financial position meant it was the right time for him to leave the role.

He said he wants to make way for a new leader, and take a backseat role in council life.

He added: “I thought it was the right time – I’ve been leader for five years now. The council is going through another change in going back to the committee system, and at the start of the next elections I will be 69, which would take me through to 74 by the end of the term.

“I have had a health scare and my wife is recovering from an illness so they are issues to consider as well.”

Coun Sue Fazackerley will now take on the role of interim leader of the council until the next full council meeting.