Loyal councillor to quit after 17 years

Coun Sylvia Dunkley and husband John
Coun Sylvia Dunkley and husband John
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LORD Mayor of Sheffield Sylvia Dunkley is standing down from the city council after 17 years when her term of office comes to an end next May.

The 66-year-old Liberal Democrat, who represents Ecclesall, is the second long-serving member of the opposition to announce they will not be seeking re-election in 2012.

She follows former Lord Mayor and Stannington councillor Arthur Dunworth.

Coun Dunkley, former cabinet member for culture, sport and tourism, said: “It was a hard decision.

“But after what will be 17 years on the council, I feel it is time to step aside and let someone else have a go.

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Ecclesall for all that time.

“When I was first elected we had no library, Millhouses Park was neglected, there was no education centre in Ecclesall Woods and there were many locations in the ward where traffic safety measures were needed.

“I hope I have been able to contribute towards what has been achieved since then.

“It has also been rewarding to work in the interests of the wider city and sub-region, particularly in the areas of planning and transport and protecting our lovely green environment and to have the opportunity to promote culture and sport in the city as cabinet member for culture, sport and tourism.

“I feel extremely privileged to be having a wonderful time as Lord Mayor during my last year serving the people of Sheffield,” she said.