LEADER of the Lewes Conservative Party Group Tony Nicholson has stepped down to allow cllr James Page to take the reins.
Cllr Nicholson said he thought the job should go to someone younger who could take on the challenge of reducing the council’s offices.
He said he was looking forward to spending more time in his ward Seaford East.
Cllr Nicholson said: “James is in my view the best person to take that [the change programme] forward. It’s going to be a big project for James and he needs to do that as the number one person on the council.
“Having steered the group through the first nine months of the new Conservative administration at Lewes District Council it is right and proper for cllr Page to take over the reins of the change programme he has initiated and to carry the process through.
“I am fully supportive of the planned changes and will play a full part as a member of the Conservative Group.”
The announcement was made on Monday February 6.
Cllr Nicholson plans to stay in his job as a councillor for Seaford.
He will remain leader of the council until February 20, 2012, when he will resign from the leadership. A new leader will then be elected.
The district council is planning to reduce the number of offices it uses and introduce more flexible working to deliver services without putting council tax up.
Cllr Page added: “I would like to thank cllr Nicholson on behalf of myself and the entire party group for his contribution both to the council in the years of being the minority party and more recently as council leader.
“I am fully aware of the responsibility and the challenges ahead in leading the Conservative Group in the era of financial restraint.”