Ashford Borough Council leader Peter Wood steps down
Ashford Borough Council leader Cllr Peter Wood has stepped down
from his position at the authority due to ill health.
The ward member for Saxon Shore, who has led the ruling
Conservative party since November 2010, took the decision to
temporarily step down after undergoing a major operation.
In a letter read out at last night’s meeting of the full
council, Cllr Wood said: “In view of my current medical condition I
feel that I am unable to carry out my duties as leader of the
council. I have therefore taken the decision to temporarily stand
back as leader until March 31st when I’ve recovered from my
He added that he was not resigning from his position but deputy
leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson would become acting leader until the end
of next month.
Cllr Wood said: “I have full confidence in my deputy and the
Cabinet to oversee the running of the council in my absence and
they will be keeping me informed of key decisions and issues that
“I look forward to returning to lead the council at the
beginning of April 2013.”
Acting leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson said: “I’m sure the entire
council will ensure to send their best wishes to Peter for a full
and swift recovery and I’m sure we will all welcome him back as
leader of this authority.”
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