By-election for Blacon after long-serving councillor steps down

3 March 2017

A by-election will take place in the Blacon ward after long-serving Councillor Reggie Jones announced he is to step down.

Councillor Jones, who has represented Blacon for 27 years and is currently Deputy Chairman, is resigning to focus on being a foster carer.
He said: “Being a councillor has been a big part of my life for many years and this has not been an easy decision.

“But having recently become a foster carer, I do not feel I can balance my new responsibilities with maintaining my commitment to Council duties.

“Fostering is something my wife Gail and I have wanted to do for some time and we are enjoying this new stage of our lives.”

Councillor Jones is a former Lord Mayor of Chester and Sheriff of Chester and is the council’s Armed Forces Champion.

Now retired, he worked at Vauxhall Motors and Airbus UK and has served in the Cheshire Regiment.

He is a member of the Avenue Services Board and a governor of Blacon High School.

Council Leader Samantha Dixon said: “I am very sorry to see Reggie go but I understand his new commitments and I fully respect his decision. I wish him and Gail well.” Details of the by-election will be announced early next week.

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