Can I please use your pages to thank everyone who has sent me messages of support and dismay since I lost my district council seat for Battle last week.
This includes messages from councillors from all political parties and the wonderful staff at Rother too.
While the shock and disappointment of losing was hard to take, I have been heartened to learn that the hard work of the last eight years have been appreciated by a lot of Battle residents, and would thank all 1,134 that did vote for me.
May I wish Cllr Martin Noakes all the best in his new role and warn him that Battle residents demand a lot from their Councillors, but playing a large part in the centre of the community is a very rewarding experience.
As for me – I suspect my garden will look quite a lot better in future than it has done for years!
Former Rother Councillor
Battle Town Ward