Bury St Edmunds councillor Lisa Ingwall King resigns after suffering from debilitating effects of long Covid
A Bury St Edmunds councillor has resigned after suffering from the debilitating effects of long Covid.
Green Cllr Lisa Ingwall King has represented the town's Abbeygate ward on West Suffolk Council since 2019.
The mother-of-two had pneumonia followed by coronavirus last spring and since then has experienced the effects of long Covid.
She said: "I am suffering from a range of symptoms including fatigue, which makes work very difficult, let alone councillor responsibilities, particularly with the addition of family life.
"I have tried hard to do my councillor role to the best of my ability, despite being ill during the last year but I now have to admit what the doctor and others been telling me: I must prioritise my health.
"I have really appreciated the understanding and kind support shown to me by council officers and other councillors during the past few months and I want to send a big thank you to everyone for this.
"This is not a decision I wanted to take, but I need to be fair to the residents in Abbeygate ward.
"I have truly enjoyed the privilege of being a councillor in West Suffolk, and this decision saddens me a great deal."
Former St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Julia Wakelam will stand as a Green candidate for the vacant seat.
A by-election is due to be held in early May.
Lisa has been a fantastic councillor and will be very much missed - Julia Wakelam
Ms Wakelam said: "Covid-19 has taken the lives of more than 125,000 people and devastated the lives of so many more.
"I am so very sorry that it has another victim.
"Lisa has been a fantastic councillor and will be very much missed.
"If elected, I will work hard for the residents of Abbeygate and do my best to ensure that the Green agenda, which West Suffolk has signed up to in its Climate Change Task Force, is actually delivered and is at the heart of its new Local Plan."