Uckfield Town Clerk resigns

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Uckfield Town Council clerk Ashley Serpis has resigned, it was announced last week.

Town mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood said: “We take this opportunity to thank Ashley for his hard work and dedication he has given the town council over the years and we wish him the best of luck in his future.”

He will be working out his notice period and his last working day will be January 4, 2016.

He told the Express: “With a new council, this seems an opportune moment to retire and allow them to select a new Town Clerk. I will be checking my pension pot and I shall then seek another job elsewhere.” He feels it is now time for members to elect a new clerk.

Ashley Serpis has been Town Clerk since 2001, taking over the post from Linda Butcher.

He said he was particularly proud of some of the council’s achievements during his tenure as Clerk. These included helping to raise funds and build the all-weather sports pitch at the Community College; renovating Bridge Cottage and improving the town’s many nature reserves.

He will also be pleased that the town fully embraced green issues with PV panels on the roof of the Civic Centre saving £3,500 a year (also reducing Co2 emissions, equivalent to planting to 600 trees a year) and the installation of a bio-mass boiler (both bringing in income;) an electricity saving device that turns lights off automatically and a water harvesting facility at the Victoria Pleasure Ground. Waterless urinals were installed at the Civic Centre two or three years before the system was installed at 10 Downing Street. There has also been water harvesting in a town park and care has been taken to conserve water usage in allotments where hosepipes used to be left running, by charging less for plots but introducing a small charge for water.

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