Andrew Ferryman steps down at Sutton on Sea residents association chairman

Coun Andrew Ferryman has stood down as Chairman of Sutton on Sea 1st Residents Association.
Coun Andrew Ferryman has stood down as Chairman of Sutton on Sea 1st Residents Association.

COASTAL town and district councillor Andrew Ferryman has stood down as chairman of Sutton on Sea 1st Residents Association due to illness.

Coun Ferryman, independent councillor for Sutton on Sea North Ward, announced his decision to quit the post at last night’s group meeting.

He will pass on the duties to vice chairman Coun David Marsland until a successor is elected in August.

Speaking at a packed meeting at the Bacchus Hotel, Coun Ferryman explained: “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.”

However Coun Ferryman confirmed he would remain an active member of the group, which formed back in 2010.

Coun Ferryman launched the residents association with the objective of giving local residents a voice on the issues that affected the resort.

“We are the only residents forum in the village that is completely volunteer led and managed,” he said.

“A number of projects and services have developed based on the views of local people. These include Community Watch, SOS Clean Team, Good Neighbours Scheme and the SOS Library Group.”

He told the audience at the Bacchus on Wednesday that he was confident that the management team would enable SOS 1st to further develop the association over the coming months.

“The fact that I am assured the association will continue to grow is a great testiment to the members. It’s not a decision I could have taken 12 months ago,” he said.

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.”

SOS 1st vice-chairman Coun David Marsland proposed that Councillor Ferryman become honorary life president of the assocation. The proposal was unanimously supported by members.

Read more in the Leader next week.