It is with great regret that I observe that Cllr Sam Harmer - our 19 year old Councillor has decided not to take up his seat following the Chronicle's article about him a fortnight ago. I tried to persuade him to stay on - however he took the understandable decision that he did not want to expose his family to the risk of more publicity.
I very much agree with the letter published in last week's Chron where a member of our community pointed out just how awful it was to have a 19 year old put off from representing the community by a former Councillor who seemingly was trying to get his own back after failing to be elected.
In Sam's own words - 'I can't believe that someone would take time out of their life to try and make my life harder.' Quite.