Midhurst wishes farewell to council stalwart

Midhurst Town Council has thanked a former councillor who has stood down after nearly 14 years of service.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 9:58 am

At the full council meeting on April 19 councillor Steve Morley stepped down from Midhurst Town Council after serving his parish for nearly 14 years.

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In his role as Councillor, Steve has worked either individually or as part of a small team on a wide range projects, including but not limited to the August Bank Holiday Carnival Parade, Midhurst Street Parties and Highway reviews, spanning parking issues, congestion, air quality monitoring and the Community Speed Watch initiative.

Steve Morley enjoying a cup of tea at Comestibles. Picture by Kate Shemilt

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He also spearheaded a campaign to make Midhurst free of plastic bags, giving free ‘bags for life’ to all Residents, long before the Government initiative.

He has been the Town Council representative for the Pendean Sand Quarry review and the previous and current Midhurst Vision projects.

Carol Lintott, chairman of Midhurst Town Council, has served with Steve since 2007.

Carol wished Steve, his wife Hazel and his family well for the future, and said: “Steve has worked tirelessly for Midhurst in freely giving his time as a town councillor, working on many projects since joining the council in 2007 and in particular his persistency with the enduring issues of all things highways, from parking issues and pinch points in the town to getting the air quality on Rumbolds Hill monitored, Steve has campaigned to the relevant authorities for an overarching plan to ease congestion through the town using various measures and this work continues.

"Always volunteering for marshalling duties, litter picking, painting at The Old Library, photographer par excellence and generally pitching in for many a task over the years.

"He and his experience will be very much missed."

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For more information please visit the Midhurst Town Council website at www.midhurst-tc.gov.uk