PARISH councillors in Yapton have said goodbye to their long-serving clerk.
They presented David Tansley with gardening vouchers to mark his retirement after 34 years, during which he has worked with seven chairmen.
This month’s meeting was the last of the council which Mr Tansley will attend before he retires at the end of August.
He was thanked by the council’s chairman, Cllr Stephen Haymes, for his years of service and the support he had given, and wished a long and happy retirement. The presentation was followed by a round of applause from the public and councillors present.
Cllr Andy Faulkner said: “David has carried out his duties in an efficient and professional manner, providing support to councillors and dealing with a multitude of public enquiries from undergrowth clearance to parking problems outside the local shops.
“His expertise in arranging grant applications has provided youngsters in the local community with a basketball court, a skateboard park with many features, and a selection of fitness equipment that has attracted both young and old.
“He has also arranged grants for the village hall and more recently for dealing with flooding issues that have been a problem in the north of the village.”
By careful budgeting, he had kept the parish precept unchanged for the past ten years.
Mr Tansley, who lives in Felpham, became the council’s clerk in June 1980, while he worked in the county council’s schools admission team. He left that job about 12 years ago after 39 years, to devote himself to the parish council.
One of his proudest achievements was to lead the council’s work to become a Quality Council in June 2004. “Yapton was the first parish council in the Arun district to be awarded that prestigious status,” he said.
He will spend more time now with his wife, Val, and their six grandchildren.