10:58AM, Monday 25 April 2016
Royal Borough council leader David Burbage has announced he is to step down from the role next month.
The Conservative councillor for Bray made the announcement in a statement published on his blog.
Cllr Burbage has been a councillor for 16 years, Conservative group leader for 13 years and leader of the council for nine.
In the statement he said: "Nobody carries on for ever - so whilst the tremendous support from both councillor colleagues and borough employees throughout my time has been amazing, I am going to give others the opportunity to succeed as the council's leader, to continue the work of this excellent Conservative administration for many years into the future, starting at the forthcoming annual council meeting in May.
"This is a fantastic Royal Borough and I hope I have served with dedication, enthusiasm and a passion for local democracy and public service. I thank the thousands of local people I have had the privilege of meeting, and particularly to all those who have elected me in Bray five times in succession, I do aim to continue to serve, in any way I usefully can."
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