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Kings Langley Parish Councillor Peter McDonnell quits due to ill health
A councillor has resigned from his post at Kings Langley Parish Council for the second time in six years.
Peter McDonnell has stepped down from his position due to ill health and announced his departure to Paul Dunham, the parish clerk, at the end of July.
In 2007 Mr McDonnell resigned for "personal reasons" but there were suggestions he stepped down after a row over who should pay for an internet security presentation at Kings Langley Secondary School. He was reinstated four years after his resignation.
According to the parish clerk’s office, Mr McDonnell has suffered from bad health for quite some time and has undergone four operations in 18 months. He told his fellow council members he wants to spend more time with his family.
Ron Smith, chairman of Kings Langley Parish Council, said: "He told me that he is resigning due to ill health. He hasn’t been very well and he has been in and out of hospital for the last year.
"The last operation he had didn’t go so well.
"He’s said that he needs to spend more time with his wife and didn’t feel he could commit to the work that he’s currently putting in and going to two meetings a month. Personally I’ll be very sorry to see him go."
Two months ago there was an argument at a council meeting between Mr McDonnell and fellow parish councillor Richard Roberts, but the chairman said that it was due to a "difference in priorities" and "didn’t have anything to do with Peter stepping down".
Mr Smith said: "There was just a disagreement because Peter and Richard were coming from different positions.
"I spoke to Peter and asked him to reconsider resigning and we didn’t even talk about the argument because it wasn’t relevant."
Mr Smith added: "Peter is very passionate about Kings Langley and the way the village is kept.
"He was involved in the village winning West Herts Village of the Year last year.
"The key thing he was passionate about was keeping the streets clean and tidy, and the other thing was that he was going to be involved in the renovating of the war memorial for next year’s 100th anniversary of the First World War.
"I’ll make sure that he stays involved in the war memorial and various other things - he just doesn’t have the physical ability to commit to what he’s currently doing."
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