Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council to step down
31 August 2016
The Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Mel Nott OBE JP, has announced his intention to retire from public service.
After leading the local authority for eight years, Councillor Nott will step down from the role of leader when Council meets on 5 October 2016, and will not stand in local government elections due to be held in 2017.
Councillor Nott, who will celebrate his 74th birthday later this year, said: “This will be an opportunity for the Labour Group to appoint a new leader who will take them forward into next year’s local government elections.”
Councillor Nott first became a councillor in 1992 when he was elected to the former Mid Glamorgan County Council, later joining Bridgend County Borough Council in 1996 following local government reorganisation across Wales.
When the authority adopted a Leader and Cabinet system in 2002, Councillor Nott became Deputy Leader. He was later elected Leader of the Labour Group in 2004, then in 2008 became Leader of the authority - a position which he has continued to hold every year since.
He also served the community as a magistrate for 25 years, and in 2013 was presented with an OBE for services to the community and local government.
Councillor Nott said: “Serving as the leader of a local authority is an incredible honour and I have always treated the role with the seriousness and commitment that it demands.
“A council leader has to remain firmly focused on ensuring that the authority can provide services that really make a difference in the lives of local people.
“It is not an easy job to do, and requires vast amounts of time and commitment that extend far beyond the normal working day. This has a significant impact on your personal life, and I have had reason to be grateful for the continued patience and understanding of my family and friends on many occasions.
“Councils are responsible for such a wide range of services that they touch upon the lives of every resident, so a council leader has to work with his fellow members and officers to find the most effective ways of providing essential services despite ever-diminishing financial resources.
“Having led the council for eight years, I believe that I have reached the point where I have achieved all that I can, both as a leader and also as a councillor representing the ward of Sarn.
“I now want to focus on my family commitments and repay them for the understanding that they have shown me while I served as a council leader, councillor and magistrate, so it is with great reluctance that I have made the decision to step down.
“During my time as Leader, I have been ably supported by Cabinet members, fellow councillors and council officers, and I would like to acknowledge their dedication and professionalism.
“Working in any capacity within local government is not easy, but I truly believe that councils form an essential part of society, and the full extent of the contribution that they make towards the lives of people throughout the community is often unrecognised.
“Although I will be stepping down as Leader on 5 October, I will continue to act as the ward member for Sarn until local government elections take place next year, so I would like to assure my constituents that I will still be available to represent them and their interests until such time as a new member is elected.
“It has truly been an honour to represent and fight for the best interests of the area in which I have lived my whole life, both as a leader and a ward member. I will always be grateful for it.”
A new leader for Bridgend County Borough Council will be elected and announced at the meeting of Council on Wednesday 5 October 2016.