A SENIOR Lancing parish councillor has stunned her colleagues by resigning with immediate effect.
Vice chairman Mary Hamblin announced she was standing down at March’s full council meeting, as did Andrew Barnes and Stephanie Hedley-Barnes.
Mary, who has been suffering from ill health lately and may have to move from the area in the near future, said she was sad to be standing down.
“I really have enjoyed my time on the council,” she said.
“There’s now a good team to put in place the Lancing Vision, and Lancing Regeneration.
“At long last we are getting the Beach Green car park re-done, we’re starting on Headborough Gardens which is an exciting project, and we are putting in Queensway and Queens Parade.
“I’m very pleased that Lancing is being regenerated.”
Mary will not be standing in the district-council elections on May 22.
Chairman Fred Lewis said Mary was a very good councillor who worked very hard in getting things done.
“We thank her very much indeed and we are sorry to lose her,” said Cllr Lewis.
Mary represented Widewater on the parish council for six years since her election in 2008.
Some of her achievements include successfully campaigning for outdoor exercise equipment on Beach Green, securing £42,000 worth of play equipment at Larkfield Close, fighting flooding at The Paddocks and highlighting traffic problems and road safety around Seaside School.
Clerk to the parish council Colin Hunt said the announcement had come completely out of the blue.
“Mary’s resignation was a complete shock,” he said.
“She was very active in the local community, especially Widewater which she is very fond of.
“She has done a lot of good work for local residents and will be sadly missed.”
Mary said she had decided to step down because she did not want to force a by-election by moving closer to her family.
Andrew Barnes (Mash Barn) and Stephanie Hedley-Barnes (Manor), resigned because they moved to Essex some time ago.
Neither was available for comment.
Voters now have until March 27 to call a by-election or the council will be free to co-opt new members.