A LONG-STANDING councillor is stepping down from her role in May.
Cllr Jay Kramer, who represents Tressell ward on Hastings Borough Council, has served on the authority for 16 years and said it was the ‘right time’ to move on.
During her tenure she has been the council’s deputy leader, or deputy leader of the Labour group in opposition, for 13 years, and also served as the county councillor for the Old Hastings and Tressell division from 1998 to 2009.
She has been involved in the regeneration of the Halton flats, currently chairs the Trustees of the Bridge Community Centre, and opposed plans for redevelopment in Speckled Wood.
During her term of office, she has been in the council’s cabinet throughout almost the entire time, taking on the role of lead member in several different areas, including central services, leisure and amenities, and housing.
Cllr Kramer said: “I feel it is the right time for me to move on. I am delighted that Tania Charman has been selected as my successor. It has been a privilege to represent the residents of Tressell ward, and I know they will be in safe hands with Tania.
“I am looking forward to introducing Tania to Tressell residents who haven’t met her yet and I know she will be an asset to the council. I plan to stay in Hastings and maintain an active role in the Labour party.”
Tania, who will be standing in this May’s elections, said: “I still have many friends and connections in the Tressell area, having been a local. I understand the mix of different kinds of housing in the ward. I also appreciate the different backgrounds and experiences of the people who live in the ward. I want to help residents to solve neighbourhood problems and to get involved in further regeneration of the area.”