THE vice-chairman of Wyre Forest District Council has announced he will be stepping down from the role the day before this month's full council meeting.

Councillor Peter Young, the ward member for Broadwaters, has served as vice-chairman of the council for the past 17 months.

He will retire from the position on Tuesday, September 22.

Councillor Young said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as vice-chairman of the council.

"So much has changed during my time in office and I am proud of the way the council has conducted its business during the pandemic.

"The council continues to adapt to new ways of working, while still providing excellent value for money services for Wyre Forest residents.”

He added: “I have served for much longer than the municipal year for which I was elected and feel that it is now time for another member to have the chance to take over the role.”

Council chairman, Councillor Shazu Miah, said: “Peter has been my deputy during one of the most challenging periods in the history of local government.

"I would like to thank him for his service and the tremendous support he has offered me and the council during this time."

A successor for the role will be elected at the council meeting on Wednesday, September 23. The meeting will start at 6pm and will be live streamed on the council's website.