Community Champion steps down from Torbay Council

Torbay Liberal Democrats regret to announce that Rick Heyse, Liberal Democrat Councillor for
Goodrington with Roselands, will be stepping down with immediate effect due to a change in
personal circumstances.

Commenting on his decision, Rick Heyse said, “It was an absolute privilege and honour to be elected
to Torbay Council for Goodrington with Roselands and help the new administration turn the tide on
poverty in Torbay. Unfortunately my personal circumstances have changed, which mean that I
cannot continue in the demanding role of being a Councillor.

“However I am really pleased that the new Liberal Democrat/Independent administration have
made such a great start with the news about the regeneration of Crossways, the establishment of a
£100 million pound Economic Growth Fund and the commitment to increasing the numbers of
affordable homes in Torbay. The new administration have also reset the relationship with the
Government which has resulted in the invitations from Ministers to bid for the Future High Streets
Fund for Paignton, and the Towns Fund for Torquay. There has also been increased investments
from business. I wish the new administration well.”

The Leader of Torbay Council Cllr Steve Darling said, “Given Rick’s commitment to social justice and
to standing up for Goodrington with Roselands, it is a real shame that he feels he needs to stand
down. However the new Council administration will continue the work to turn the tide on poverty in
Torbay that Rick is so keen on.”

The by-election is likely to be held on the 14th of November.


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