Councillor stepping down after 17 years in the job

11/12/13- Cllr Peter Finch frm Hastings- retiring after 20 years service
11/12/13- Cllr Peter Finch frm Hastings- retiring after 20 years service

A LONG serving Conservative councillor will step down from service in May after 17 years in the role.

Peter Finch, who represents West St Leonards, will end his service at the next local elections.

The 73-year-old former police officer was first elected to the old ward of Elphinstone in 1992.

He served for four years until he lost his seat in 1996 following the national backlash against the Conservative party.

Undeterred he stood again four years later and was successful in the 2000 local elections for his current ward.

Cllr Finch, who lives in The Green, St Leonards, said he will miss the role but it was time for younger blood to take it on.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. “I loved the cut and thrust of debate in the council chamber over the years. Though in recent times I haven’t got the fire I used to be. I always wanted to go while I am still useful and feel the time is now right. I have always been keen on promoting sport as I believe it’s the best way to give young people a purpose. I was always a great believer in sport for the borough and giving everyone the best opportunities to participate. I was disappointed the party came off the cabinet but it was a democratic decision. It’s time for some younger blood to come in now. I enjoy counselling and may consider some kind of advisory role with Citizens Advice Bureau.”