Councillor to step down after 10-year tenure

Liam Atkins, Cllr Eve Martin and Cllr Peter Pragnell
Liam Atkins, Cllr Eve Martin and Cllr Peter Pragnell

A LONG-STANDING Conservative councillor is stepping down.

Eve Martin, who has represented residents of Conquest Ward for more than 10 years, is set to retire and not seek re-election at this year’s borough council elections in May.

She said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the residents of Conquest for so long. They have put their faith in me time and time again to stand up for issues that really matter and I hope that over the past decade and more I have done just that. I’d like to thank the residents for their continued support over the years and a big thank you to my colleague Cllr Peter Pragnell, who has served his constituents well and helped me to do my best.”

In her tenure she has fought many campaigns to improve play facilities, put controls on parking so residents come first, and challenged planning decisions. The most recent success story was the Cedar Close Green Space being designated a Village Green.

Cllr Pragnell, who has worked with Cllr Martin for more than a decade, said: “It is a big loss, not only to Conquest Ward but also the town, that Eve is now retiring. She has done a tremendous job and I owe her so much for the support and advice she has given me. We have had a great partnership, and I’m sure we’ll continue to work within the community and with each other for many more years to come. I wish her every happiness in retirement, and hope to continue to build on her hard work for the years to come.”

Liam Atkins has been selected as the Conservative candidate standing for election in Conquest Ward in May. He said: “I am delighted to have been selected and hope to continue the good work of Cllr Martin. I know I have big shoes to fill and I want to take this opportunity to thank Eve for her long years of dedication and commitment.”

Cllr Martin said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Liam who I know will work his socks off to get the job done. He will make a fantastic councillor for Conquest with energy, ideas and determination.”