'Inspirational' councillor Tom Leimdorfer will not stand in 2019 elections

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2018

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer will step down next year.

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer will step down next year.

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A councillor who has been a 'champion for young, old and disadvantaged' and served his ward for more than a decade will not stand in next year's election.

‘Inspirational’ Tom Leimdorfer has announced this will be his final term as a North Somerset councillor for Congresbury and Puxton.

He announced his decision at the annual parish meeting on May 10.

Cllr Leimdorfer was first elected in 2003, working tirelessly for villagers ever since and never shying away from debate in the council chamber – including as leader of the opposition.

He has also served Puxton residents for the past three years after boundaries were realigned.

Until recently, Cllr Leimdorfer held monthly surgeries, and he has been praised for his reliable attendance at meetings.

But after four terms, voters will not be seeing the Green Party councillor’s name on the ballot paper next May.

He said: “I have had the privilege of representing Congresbury on North Somerset Council for the past 15 years and Puxton for the past three years.

“Plans under consideration for the region and the locality relate to the next 15-20 years, and at the local elections next year it will be time for a younger person to take over to represent these villages.

“I have also reached the stage in my life when sitting through countless briefings about plans and decisions either in Whitehall or behind closed doors at Weston Town Hall is not the best use of my time.

“The opportunities for making a difference to outcomes at council have greatly diminished.

“I am involved with a range of voluntary activities to which I can usefully devote more time.”

Congresbury Parish Council chairman Diana Hassan told the Times Cllr Leimdorfer has been ‘marvellous’ for the village.

She said: “Tom has been a fantastic councillor; I am often told how lucky we are to have him. He is hard-working, approachable and very fair-minded.

“As well as helping the people of Congresbury with their problems and concerns he has been a marvellous link between the parish council and North Somerset.

“Tom has also been a champion for the young, old and disadvantaged who rely on council services.

“He has been an inspiration to us all and the residents of Congresbury will miss him when his term of office is over.”

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