Julie Girling, former leader of Cotswold District Council, has resigned with immediate effect.
Mrs. Girling's resignation is due to the fact that she is to be included on the Conservative Party list as a candidate for the South West Region at the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections on June 4th 2009. Mrs. Girling is conscious of the fact that, by resigning now, a by-election to fill the vacancy, if required, could also be held on June 4th, thereby avoiding an additional expense of arranging a separate by-election in a matter of weeks thereafter.
Mrs. Girling joined the Council in May 1999, and had represented the Campden-Vale area/ward since that time. She served on all of the Council's Committees, and became Leader of the Council in May 2003, a position that she held until May 2006.
During that time, she led the Council in moving to its Cabinet governance arrangements and achieving a ‘Good' rating in our Comprehensive Performance Assessment, and oversaw the completion of the new Cotswold Leisure Centre and Bourton Leisure Centre projects and the refurbishment of the Corinium Museum. Mrs. Girling has also represented the Council on many national, regional and local organisations.
Mrs. Girling is also the current County Councillor for the North Cotswold Division, and is the Lead Cabinet Member for Environment and Community there.
Council leader, Lynden Stowe, said: "Julie Girling's appointment as Leader in May 2003 was a watershed moment for CDC. Her inspirational leadership in keeping council tax increases down is a fantastic legacy for council taxpayers in the Cotswolds.
"I'm sure that all councillors will put politics aside and wish Julie well in the European elections - it will be great if we can get a local woman into Brussels. I'm sure her heart will always be in the Cotswolds."
Source: Cotswold District Council