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Long-serving councillor set to step down

Stalwart: Coun Albert Richardson at the Judges Parade in his second stint as mayor

Stalwart: Coun Albert Richardson at the Judges Parade in his second stint as mayor

A long-serving councillor has announced that he will step down ahead of this year’s election.

Labour councillor Albert Richardson has served on the council for 35 years, and has been Mayor of Preston twice.

But the 78-year-old, who represents St Matthew’s ward, said he would be “calling it a day”.

Coun Richardson, who has lived on Ribbleton Avenue for 40 years, said he hoped to spend more time in the Lake District and abroad after stepping down in May.

He said: “If you get elected, you get elected for four years and the job is getting on top of me.”

Coun Richardson moved to Preston from Cumbria, and described it as a “beautiful city” with “lovely people”.

He said his highlights included chairing the environmental health committee, and being chosen as mayor in 1990 to 1991, and 2010 to 2011.

He said: “I said to them I have been the mayor once I shouldn’t do it, but they said we want you to do it again.

“They said: ‘We haven’t forgotten, we want you to do it again’.”

Coun Richardson also sat on the planning committee, which he “thoroughly enjoyed”.

He said: “I was on that for about 12 years.

“That’s when you can make your point felt on why you are against that planning thing, and try and persuade them to go the other way or support you, and that’s what it’s all about so you get to know what’s going on.”

Coun Richardson said after standing down he hopes to split his time between his Preston home, his house in the Lake District, and also a property in Bulgaria.

 

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