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Derek Deedman to retire from the County Council on 2 May

by derekdeedman on 5 April, 2013


After 12 years as a full time County Councillor, I have decided that at 66 it is time to retire from the Council, for more leisure activities and to do other things.

It has been an honour to serve the residents of Ashurst, Bramber, Small Dole, Steyning and Upper Beeding for all of those 12 years and the residents of Woodmancote for the last 8 years.

Locally I have been fortunate in a number of achievements for the community and these have been mentioned in the regular Focus newsletters since 2001. I am especially pleased about the Bramber Road crossing in Steyning, the Castle Lane footpath bypass, the footpath to Henfield from Woodmancote, the 30 mph limit on Clays Hill, safety improvements at the Shooting Field access to the Grammar and Primary Schools, and the success of my campaigns for improvements to public transport and opposition to waste management facilities at the old cement works site.

At County Hall I have been able to influence policies on waste disposal and for the Council to take a lead on improvements to the A27. And as Chairman of West Sussex Viridor Credits I have been able to support grants towards local community projects such as the Small Dole Skateboard Site, Upper Beeding Play facilities, restoration of the Steyning Garden of Remembrance, the new Ashurst Village Hall and many other smaller projects.  

Following the elections, I hope to be able to support Jessica Sproxton-Miller (the Lib Dem County Council candidate for Bramber Castle) in continuing the Lib Dems work for the local community.

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