Councillor announces decision to quit

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A long-serving councillor has announced that she has stepped down from both Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Gail Turner issued a statement citing her sister’s deteriorating health reasons her for decision.

She said: “This has been a very hard decision for me, it has been an enormous privilege for me to be your representative.

“However, my sister has become increasingly ill with severe muscular dystrophy and I am having to spend much more time caring for her, in Cheshire where she lives.

“I feel unable to provide the genuine and full-time level of representation that I have always prided myself in giving, and I know which local residents deserve.

“There will soon be by-elections to replace me on the councils.

“My ambition is that new people carry on fighting for our area and making even more improvements to our parish.”

Gail Turner served the district council for 12 years as Selston ward member and spent six years on Nottinghamshire County Council.

In her statement she said she had been proud to help halt plans for landfill site on the parish boundary, and for helping to fight for the new war memorial in Selston.