Clerk resigns after dedicating 13 years to council

PUBLISHED: 10:46 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:47 16 May 2018

The team responsible for making the project happen, Josh Howard, Ian Morrell, Joe Williams, Phil Williams and Neil Wylie.

The team responsible for making the project happen, Josh Howard, Ian Morrell, Joe Williams, Phil Williams and Neil Wylie.

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The ‘exceptional’ town clerk for Nailsea has resigned after 13 years of hard work and dedicaton to the role.

Ian Morrell and cllrs David Packham, Jan Barber and Clare Hunt with Daniel Smith, from North Somerset's archeology section at Middle Engine Pit. Ian Morrell and cllrs David Packham, Jan Barber and Clare Hunt with Daniel Smith, from North Somerset's archeology section at Middle Engine Pit.

Ian Morrell has handed in his resignation, but will remain in post for six months until his successor has been found.

Councillors have paid tribute to his professionalism and commitment which has brought huge benefit to the town.

Nailsea Town Council’s chairman David Packham said: “Ian has submitted his resignation as clerk to the town council which has been reluctantly accepted.

“Ian has been an exceptional town clerk and this has been endorsed by councillors.

Nailsea Town clerk Ian Morrell presenting certificates to first aiders. Nailsea Town clerk Ian Morrell presenting certificates to first aiders.

“Ian has agreed to remain in post for six months to allow time for a successor to be identified. So he will remain active within the town until later in the year.”

During the 13 years Ian has been clerk, he has worked on a number of major projects including setting up and running the town’s innovative health and digital hub at Number 65 High Street.

More: New digital and health support service to open.

Cllr Packham added: “Over the 13 years Ian has been in post he has worked with a number of chairmen and councillors to deliver major projects that have benefited the town.

“These include the restoration of the tithe barn, the replacement of the skatepark in Millennium Park, the preservation of the Nailsea’s glassworks and most recently the introduction of Number 65 in the High Street.

“This latter project will in particular be Ian’s legacy to the town and it reflects his desire to improve the quality of the lives of the residents of Nailsea.

“Ian has also supported many organisations within the town and fought in their corner when faced with the many difficulties that bureaucracy can generate

“Ian has also undertaken sterling work behind the scenes within the offices of the town council and is responsible for Nailsea Town Council being awarded quality status.

“This award, along with updated procedures, puts us in a strong position and prepared for the future.

“Personally, I have enjoyed working with Ian in my period as chairman.

“He has brought professionalism, with humour, into his role as clerk.

“No matter how challenging the task has been, he has always acted in the town council’s best interests.”

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