By Anna Whittaker, Local Democracy Reporter
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s leader is to step down before the next elections.
Conservative Cllr Simon Robinson made the announcement at the authority’s full council meeting on December 1.
Cllr Robinson, who has been the leader of the authority since 2016, said he will leave at the time of the May 4 2023 local election.
He was in the job through the pandemic, which he said was “incredibly challenging”. He also cited achievements in the borough including the Cotgrave town centre project, the new Bingham Arena and the new Rushcliffe Oaks Crematorium.
He added he believed an important period is coming for the authority with the ‘freeport’ project, East Midlands Development Corporation and devolution in the near future.
He said: “With any change, it is important the authority is flexible and can adjust to new landscapes.
“I think it is now timely and in the very best interests of Rushcliffe that we should be welcoming a new leader in May 2023, to bring fresh ideas, new styles, and new eyes in a job reflecting the new leader.
“I’ve done this job for six years and I was surprised I am the second-longest serving leader on the whole of the county.
“We all have a shelf life, I think one of the greatest skills is learning when it is your time to go
“I have been very proud and privileged to do the job as leader and I will continue to give 100 per cent commitment to the job in the remaining period of my leadership.”