Tributes to coun­cil­lor who has stepped down due to her health

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serv­ing coun­cil­lor who has been forced to step down due to ill-health.

Crib­den ward Con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive Janet Gra­ham has given up her seat after 13 years of ser­vice. The seat will re­main va­cant un­til the lo­cal elec­tions in May 2019.

Coun Brian Es­sex, leader of the Con­ser­va­tive group on Rossendale coun­cil, paid trib­ute to his for­mer cab­i­net col­league say­ing: “I would like to pay trib­ute to the work and ded­i­ca­tion un­der­taken by Janet Gra­ham as coun­cil­lor for the Crib­den Ward in Rawten­stall since 2005.

“She has bat­tled for some time now but has de­cided that she can no longer carry out her du­ties to the best of her abil­ity.

“We have worked to­gether in the cab­i­net from 2006 un­til 2011 and she held a num­ber of port­fo­lio po­si­tions in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods.

“Her wise and calm man­ner will be missed by the Group.”

Mid-Rossendale county coun­cil­lor said he was sad to see her col­league step down.

He said: “I know this hasn’t been an easy de­ci­sion for her hav­ing tried in­cred­i­bly hard to see through her term.”

●● Rossendale coun­cil­lor Janet Gra­ham has been forced to step down due to her health

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