COUNCILLOR Peter Mullineaux has announced his resignation as leader of South Ribble Borough Council.

Cllr Mullineaux said: “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to serve the people of South Ribble and I would like to thank my fellow councillors and the council’s dedicated staff who have supported me throughout and who have consistently gone above and beyond to make sure our residents get the quality services they deserve.

“My Cabinet and I have worked tirelessly to get this council into the position we are in today, making great strides in taking ownership of the borough’s economic growth, with a new five-year Corporate Plan and a budget that will give the people of South Ribble exciting opportunities for the future.

“During my time as leader, resident satisfaction and trust in the Council has remained high, and South Ribble continues to be a good place to live and do business.

He added: “We have worked in partnership with organisations across Lancashire with developments in relation to the City Deal, the joint planning development framework, and the work of the South Ribble Partnership.

“City Deal will continue to bring significant growth to the borough, investing for a sustainable future for residents now and in generations to come.”

Cllr Mary Green has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Group.

Cllr Green said: “As the leader of the largest group on South Ribble Borough Council, I would like to thank Cllr Mullineaux and the Cabinet for their hard work and for the progress which has been made. I wish Cllr Mullineaux every happiness in his future plans.”