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A member of Chelmsford City Council has resigned as a councillor to spend more time with his family.
It means there will now be a by-election for Moulsham Lodge, which Liberal Democrat Mark Springett has represented since 2011.
Mr Springett said he has resigned from the council to “spend more time with the family as it has become clear that my multiple responsibilities and having a full time job mean I am often not around for family commitments”.
“I now need to concentrate on our family needs by spending less time in the political arena,” he added.
Mr Springett held the position of cabinet deputy for community engagement and local democracy, as well as seats on the Chelmsford policy board after seeing the Lib Dems taking control of the council last May. He was also a member of the council’s planning committee.
He is a trustee of the Moulsham Lodge Community Trust, which runs the community station.
He said his proudest achievement was the removal of the John Shennan Playing Field from the local plan and stopping the building of 200 houses in an area that already lacked green space.
He said: “I will be stepping completely away from the political arena, although may pop up from time to time as I still plan to be involved and supporting Moulsham Lodge Community Trust in their plans going forward.
“I would like to thank my ward colleague Councillor David Jones for being part of my political journey and I’m sad that it has now come to an end, I hope you will support David, and I hope what will be a new Lib Dem councillor in Moulsham Lodge.
“Finally I would like to thank the residents of Moulsham Lodge for your support and electing me over three elections, it is a true honour to have served you and I hope to see you out and about, especially at the Community Station, so please pop in from time to time.”
Councillor Stephen Robinson, leader of Chelmsford Council, said: “I am sad to lose a valued colleague who has made it clear he supports everything we are doing but for a little while has wanted to spend more time with his family.”
He added there will now be an internal selection process to determine the Lib Dem candidate standing for the vacant seat.