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Tributes paid as Haverhill councillor steps down




Anne Gower (centre): stepping down was a difficult decision
Anne Gower (centre): stepping down was a difficult decision

Haverhill councillor, Anne Gower, is to withdraw from local politics having announced her decision to resign her seat on the county council.

Cllr Gower, who had already stated her intention not to stand again as a borough councillor, announced her decision to step down from the county council, where she represented Haverhill Cangle Division, on Monday, February 2.

Speaking to the Echo, Cllr Gower said: “It was a difficult decision, but we’re moving from the area to accommodate a family member who needs to be cared for.

“I’d like to apologise to the people who voted for me for not fulfilling the whole term. Looking back at the last six years, I’m mostly pleased but I haven’t achieved everything I’d wanted. You can’t win them all.

“But I have met some lovely people and have had a lot of support and, for that, I’d like to say thank you.”

Cllr Gower will be missed by colleagues from across the political spectrum.

Cllr Tony Brown worked closely with Cllr Gower on a number of projects.

“She really has worked hard forHaverhill,” he said. “She’s been a friend since the first day I got elected. I knew nothing about being a councillor and she took me under her wing.

“It’s a shame for the town. She’s been nothing but a fantastic councillor. She wouldn’t have taken this decision lightly.”

Cllr Karen Richardson worked closely with Cllr Gower.

“I’m personally devastated,” she said. “She’s fought long and hard for quite a few things in this town. I don’t think people realise just how many hours she put in.

“She worked weekends and long hours and did it without complaint. She’ll be a hard person to replace.”

Cllr Gower’s role at St Edmundsbury Borough Council will continue as normal until the elections in May.



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