Councillor Keith Kiddie resigns from Diss Town Council
Keith Kiddie announced his resignation as a Diss town councillor on Tuesday.
Cllr Kiddie, who had served on the authority since 2011, said he wanted to concentrate on his role as a county councillor for Diss and Roydon on Norfolk County Council.
I had to find a balance, so I stuck it out as long as I could
“I had to give up the role with a heavy heart,” he said.
“Being a Diss man, I enjoyed my time as a town councillor.
“However, I was finding that, more often than not, I couldn’t give as much as I needed to the town council.
“I believe that, if you have a job, you should do it properly or don’t do it at all – I had to find a balance, so I stuck it out as long as I could.”
Cllr Kiddie, who was mayor of Diss in 2014, has been serving as a county councillor for almost a year, after winning his seat following the departure of Jenny Chamberlain.
He is currently chairman of the business and property committee for the council, is a representative for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and acts as champion of Norfolk’s Armed Forces.
Cllr Kiddie added: “Being a county councillor puts you at a very different level than what you are dealing with at town council – we have to deal with things at a strategic level.”
Mr Kiddie said he would still have Diss’ best interests at heart when serving on the county council .
He has already secured funding for improvements to the Vinces Road junction and, using his locality budget, has helped to move the bus stop in Victoria Road to a better location.