‘Irreplaceable’ councillor stands down over localism

Brackley Mayor's open-air Songs of Praise.Mayor Caryl Billingham helps make tea for the congregation.'090705M-D0353
Brackley Mayor's open-air Songs of Praise.Mayor Caryl Billingham helps make tea for the congregation.'090705M-D0353
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A MEMBER of Brackley Town Council, who has served as Mayor in each of the last four decades, has resigned in reaction to David Cameron’s localism agenda.

Caryl Billingham has been an independent member of the council for 37 years and served as Mayor in 1979, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2009.

A statement from the council said her tremendous wit and wisdom will be missed by council members and officers to whom she has shown great support, encouragement and leadership.

The statement continued: “Her knowledge of Brackley and its residents are known by no other and her historical and civic expertise are irreplaceable.

“Caryl feels that the changes that are taking place in local government, in particular the localism agenda, are issues that do not sit easily with her and she has therefore taken the decision to resign from this tier of local government.”

Ms Billingham will continue as an independent member of South Northants Council.

More in next week’s paper.