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Thurston district councillor Wendy Turner steps down after Sheffield move

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Green councillors have said goodbye to Wendy Turner as Thurston’s Green councillor steps down.

A long-term Thurston resident and Green campaigner, Wendy has resigned from her Mid Suffolk district councillor role, having recently moved to Sheffield to be with her family.

Wendy said: "Now my first grandchild has arrived I have had to re-assess what I want from life and what I want the most is to spend time with my family.

Wendy Turner (53835421)
Wendy Turner (53835421)

"My husband Nigel and I made the difficult decision to leave Thurston, where we have lived and worked for the last 28 years, and move to Sheffield where our eldest son lives.”

“I feel it is right to stand down as a councillor and let the community choose a new representative. Thurston is a special place for me, having been our family’s home where Nigel and I have brought up our two sons. It has been a privilege to represent these villages as your district councillor and I have been truly touched by all the messages of support and good wishes I have received.”

Since being elected in May 2019, Wendy used her locality budget to support community organisations including Norton Village Hall and Playgroup, Thurston /library and the Thurst Café, as well as helping to fund flashing speed signs for Stowlangtoft and Norton. She also served briefly on Tostock Parish Council.

Council group leader Andy Mellen said: “We have enjoyed having Wendy as a member of our team and I know Thurston residents will be sorry to lose her as much as we will.

"She leaves Suffolk with many, many good wishes from councillors and the wider community.”

Cllr Suzie Morley, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cllr Turner for her service to Mid Suffolk and in particular for representing the people of Thurston and its neighbouring parishes over the last two and half years.

"Regardless of any political differences, I am immensely grateful to all our councillors for stepping up to do what they feel is right for their local communities.”

A notice of casual vacancy – the first step in the process of a by-election being called – has been published.