Another councillor set to stand down

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A THIRD Sheffield Lib Dem councillor is standing down at the elections in May after 14 years on the authority.

Coun Brian Holmes, who represents Crookes, has been on the council since he won the old Netherthorpe ward, defeating former Labour council leader Mike Bower in 1998.

The 72-year-old, who has served on planning committees but has mainly focused on work for constituents, said: “I have enjoyed my time on the council, done a lot of case work for residents, and made a lot of friends.

“But I think it’s time they had some new blood representing the ward.”

Coun Holmes, a former soldier who later worked in parks and countryside and engineering departments at the council, said he plans to spend more time helping animal welfare organisations.

Crookes has been a Lib Dem stronghold but Labour gained one of the three seats in this year’s local election.

Coun Holmes is quitting along with fellow Lib Dems Arthur Dunworth, who represents Stannington, and Lord Mayor, Sylvia Dunkley, who represents Ecclesall.

Labour Shiregreen and Brightside councillor Jane Bird and Firth Park councillor Joan Barton are also standing down.