THE longest serving member of Bodmin Town Council has decided to stand down after 22 years as a councillor.
Harold Vanderwolfe, 89, has decided that recent mobility issues have prevented him from continuing as a member of the council.
Mr Vanderwolfe joined the town council in 1992, and twice served as mayor. He was also a member of the former North Cornwall District Council for eight years.
The current Bodmin mayor Ken Stubbs said Mr Vanderwolfe's knowledge of the town and council matters would be greatly missed.
"Harold was regarded as the father of the council for many years, and he was always someone you could rely on to give good advice.
"He is a quiet person in many respects, but he always knew a great deal about the workings of the council and was a very efficient councillor – and he wasn't afraid to bring members up short when he disagreed with something. He will be a great loss and everyone on the council is sad that he has decided to stand down, said Mr Stubbs.
Mr Vanderwolfe said after 30 years of public service he felt his lack of mobility had prevented him from continuing. "I've enjoyed every minute of being a councillor, and I will miss the town council very much, and the people who serve on it, but really I felt I could not carry on,'' he said.
The town council will now advertise the vacancy left by Mr Vanderwolfe. There will be an election for the post if ten or more people write to Cornwall Council requesting a by-election. Otherwise, the town council can co-opt a resident.