Cllr. Audrey Pickering who represented the Thanet Villages Ward, has resigned from Thanet Council due to ill-health. Audrey has been unwell for some time and all from the Council have sent her their best wishes. She had a strong personal vote in Minster for all the work she had carried out over many years. She was first elected as a Labour councillor in 1974. She became an Independent councillor in 1999.
She has been a Minster parish councillor for over 35 years! It is praiseworthy of her to have resigned from the Council because she was unable to give her work as a councillor the time and attention it needed. She could have remained but it shows her character and public service ethos that she has taken this decision.
There will be a by-election in due course. My best wishes to her.