Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, has announced that he is to step down after six and half years in the post.
Announcing the news, Humphreys said, ‘Leading Worthing Borough Council has been one of the proudest and most rewarding experiences of my life but the time has come to move on to pursue a new opportunity. I’d like to place on record my thanks to fellow councillors, all the staff at Worthing Borough Council and the members of the community who have supported our work.’
Cllr Humphreys has been offered a new post in public affairs outside of Worthing, but will continue to represent Offington ward. He claims with him leading the Council, it has overhauled its digital capabilities to provide better and more efficient services, secured over £10m funding for regeneration schemes, provided nationally recognised support for the local NHS and the construction of new GP surgeries as well as made steps forward in improving the environment.
This, he said, had culminated in Worthing Borough Council alongside Adur District Council with which it shares officer services.
Cllr Humphreys says, ‘I am very proud of the many achievements of our team at Worthing Borough Council. Securing funding for projects such as the redevelopment of Teville Gate and Union Place, driving forward the plans to build the new town centre health hub and making Worthing the first town in the south east to enjoy the benefits of ultrafast broadband will all pay dividends for decades to come.’
Cllr Humphreys will continue to represent Offington ward on the council. He has secured a new post in public affairs which, he said, meant he could not devote the considerable time needed to be Leader of the Council, which has an annual budget of £14.5m.