A BASILDON councillor and former mayor has announced his retirement after 21 years.

David Dadds, councillor responsible for Billericay East, has confirmed he is retiring from his role.

The former mayor says he has “thoroughly enjoyed and been honoured to be a councillor”.

Mr Dadds has been a councillor since 2002 and previously served as mayor of Basildon from 2018 to 2019 and again from 2021 to 2022.

In a statement on social media, he announced his decision to retire.

Mr Dadds said: “Dear Residents. I am today announcing my retirement from being a local councillor, a role I have carried on for more than 21 years.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed and been honoured to be a local councillor, helping local people and our community.

“I have carried out this role and work so I can help solve people's problems and support our community. I have encountered all manner of case work over the years. This included matters relating to housing, crime and disorder, planning, and helping some of the most vulnerable people and families in our community, which I have found very rewarding.

“The work I have carried on over the years has been supported by my colleagues and council officers, and I wish to place on record my thanks to Scott Logan the Chief Executive of the Council and to all his staff for the extraordinary work they do for our residents and community.

“I wish officers and my Councillor colleagues from all sides the very best for the future as I stand down today, and I know we are all passionate about helping others, my other two ward colleagues will continue to assist residents until the next election.

“I understand there will be no need for a byelection as the next election is now within the 6 months. Thank you very much and I wish everyone well.”