I am sure many of you have seen on the Cradley and Storridge Parish Council (CSPC) agenda that I have tendered my resignation as clerk. It was a very difficult decision and certainly not one I took lightly – in fact, I wish it was a decision that I did not have to make at all.
At the end of June, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). It was a huge shock not only for me, but also my wider family. I am happy to say that the prognosis is good and I am on medication that is working well so far. However, I am getting very tired, particularly in the evening. This has meant that I have not been attending evening meetings for the council. Whilst in the short term this could be managed and the council has been very supportive, I do not know how long this will continue. With this in mind I took the decision to resign as it is not practicable to have a clerk that cannot work evenings. Although, I have agreed to stay on until my replacement is found and offer them a full handover.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the council and would like to take this opportunity to thank the council and numerous parishioners for their support, not just following my diagnosis, but since my appointment as clerk last summer. I will stay in touch and am sure that I will see the good work of the council continue with my successor in post!