THE new interim chairman of Sutton on Sea 1st Residents Association has paid tribute to his predecessor who has stepped down from the role due to ill health.
Town and district Coun Andrew Ferryman announced that he would be vacating the post at a meeting last week.
New chairman Coun David Marsland will step in until August’s election, when it is believed Steve Palmer is favourite for the role, and has admitted there are ‘big boots to fill’.
Coun Marsland said: “Andrew Ferryman has done a tremendous job, he’s a top politician and it’s very sad that ill health has forced him to step down.
“There are certainly big boots to fill, Andrew knows the group inside out and between myself and Steve Palmer we’ll do our best to keep it running.”
Speaking at a packed meeting at the Bacchus Hotel last week, Coun Ferryman told the public he would stand down but remain an active member.
“Since my illness last year I have been taking a cocktail of strong medication and this has affected my ability to effectively discharge the duties of a chairman,” he said.
Coun Ferryman launched the residents association with the aim of giving local residents a voice on the issues that affected the resort, and it has grown to a strong membership.
“The fact I am assured the association will continue to grow is a great testament to members. It’s not a decision I could have taken 12 months ago,” he said.
“We are the only residents forum in the village that is completely volunteer led and managed.”
On ongoing issues relating to his seat on the Mablethorpe Town Council, he added: “I never imagined that a man who simply wanted to get the litter picked, dog fouling addressed and the weeds in the gutters removed would become so controversial.”
Coun Marsland proposed that Mr Ferryman become honourary life president of the assocation, which was unanimously supported by members.
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