Four Maldon District councillors confirmed to stand down at local elections in May - full list so far

By Ben Shahrabi

4th Mar 2023 | Local News

Two Maldon District councillors told Nub News they intended to quit because they'd 'had enough'. (Photos: Maldon District Council, Ben Shahrabi, and Maldon Town Council)
Two Maldon District councillors told Nub News they intended to quit because they'd 'had enough'. (Photos: Maldon District Council, Ben Shahrabi, and Maldon Town Council)

With two months to go until the District and Parish Council elections, Nub News has revealed the Maldon councillors confirmed to not be standing and their reasons why.

Other councillors are expected to make a decision on whether they wish to stand, soon.

See below for the four Maldon District councillors who have confirmed they will not be standing for re-election in May:

Councillor Stephen Nunn, Vice-Chairman of the Council (Independent, Non-Aligned) - Maldon North

Councillor Stephen Nunn, currently Vice-Chairman of Maldon District Council, wants to pass on the 'Local Government' baton. (Photos: Maldon Town Council and Ben Shahrabi)

Yesterday, Councillor Nunn announced he will not be standing for re-election, instead seeking to pass on the "Local Government baton" to other residents. He said there were "a number of reasons" as to why he had opted to stand down, including charity commitments and his two grandchildren.

However, Cllr Nunn added that he had also "had enough of the behaviour of some councillors".

Bowing out after more than 40 years as an officer at Essex County Council, and four years as a Maldon District councillor, Cllr Nunn thanked residents for allowing him the opportunity to serve them.

Councillor Mark Heard (Independent Group) - Maldon West

Councillor Mark Heard, currently also Deputy Mayor of Maldon, is moving out of the District to be nearer to family. (Photos: Ben Shahrabi)

This afternoon, Councillor Heard told Nub News he will not be standing, as he is set to move out of the Maldon District.

The current Deputy Town Mayor is expected to move elsewhere in Essex this year, to live closer to family. However, he is encouraging residents to stand as candidates in the upcoming local elections.

He said: "I hope that people do put themselves forward.

"I've already got a replacement, but the Independent Group is looking to field as many candidates as we can."

Councillor Nick Skeens (Independent Group) - Burnham On Crouch South

Despite stepping down from Maldon District Council, Councillor Skeens wants to support residents thinking of taking up an active role in local democracy. (Photos: Nick Skeens and Ben Shahrabi)

Last month, Councillor Skeens announced he would be stepping down due to time constraints as a single foster parent. However, he added he wants to support residents thinking of taking up an active role in local democracy.

Cllr Skeens was first elected to Burnham Town Council in 2017, before becoming a District councillor two years later.

He has urged residents with an interest in representing their community to 'step up', offering support and guidance to anybody wishing to stand as a candidate.

He told Nub News: "If you care about the community and you want to actually make a difference, you've got more of a chance if you get onto the council."

However, he warned: "There's a danger that we will not have enough good and decent people, who really care about the community, standing."

Councillor Michael Helm (Conservative, Non-Aligned) - Mayland

Councillor Michael Helm says he has simply 'had enough' after 12 years at the council. (Photos: Maldon District Council and Ben Shahrabi)

This afternoon, Councillor Helm confirmed he had decided to stand down as he had simply "had enough" after his 12 years of service at Maldon District Council.

He told Nub News: "I just think it's time for me to stand down."

Cllr Helm says he is confident his Conservative colleagues will be able to field more candidates in time for the election.

District and Parish Council elections will take place on May 4.

In the run-up to the local elections in May, Maldon Nub News will speak to all candidates standing, and to members of the community who feel certain issues need to be tackled by our elected representatives.

If you are considering standing in the elections, or you simply want councillors to take note of a particular issue, get in touch with Maldon Nub News.

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