Six Norwich councillors to step down, including Bert Bremner

PUBLISHED: 20:42 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 March 2018

Norwich City Hall. Picture: Colin Finch

Norwich City Hall. Picture: Colin Finch

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Six Norwich city councillors have announced they will not be seeking re-election.

And nominations have been made for the next people to represent the city as Lord Mayor and Sheriff.

Three Labour councillors and three Greens will not be standing when the city goes to the polls in May.

Among those bidding goodbye to City Hall is Labour’s Bert Bremner, whose first stint as a city councillor was from 1978 to 1983.

Mr Bremner, who has represented University ward since 2006 was described as a “unique personality” and a “powerhouse of energy” by council leader Alan Waters.

Fellow Labour councillors Charmain Woollard (Mile Cross) and Chris Herries (Lakenham) are also not standing.

Former Green group leader Ash Haynes, who was first elected in 2010 and represents Town Close is another who will be departing.

Fellow Greens Tim Jones (Nelson Ward) and Simeon Jackson (Mancroft) are also stepping aside.

Mr Waters paid tribute to his exiting political opponents at tonight’s meeting of Norwich City Council.

He said: “One of the purposes of the opposition is to get under the skin of their opposition and they have done that extremely well during your term of office and I mean that in a complimentary, rather than perjorative way.”

Tonight’s meeting also saw nominations for the civic roles of Lord Mayor and Sheriff.

Green Party group leader Martin Schmeirer was nominated as Lord Mayor.

And Ros Brown, chief executive of Colegate-based charity Norfolk Community Law Service, has been put forward to be the city’s next Sheriff.

The 2018 Norwich City Council elections will take place on May 3.

Labour currently control the council with 26 seats, compared to the 10 held by the Green Party 10 and three by Liberal Democrats.

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