A town and district councillor has retired after three decades of serving his community. Born and bred in Cheadle, Peter Elkin first became a councillor in the early 1990s, both for Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
A town and district councillor has retired after three decades of serving his community.
Born and bred in Cheadle, Peter Elkin first became a councillor in the early 1990s, both for Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Peter told the Times & Echo: “I feel so proud to have served the community for so long.
“I have enjoyed it. There’s been some good times.
“I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people within the community.
“It’s always very nice if you can help somebody.”
During his 30 years as councillor, Peter has been Mayor of Cheadle. He said: “I was very proud to be the Mayor of the town. My time as mayor was fantastic.”
As for the changes he has seen in local Government over the years, Peter, who always served as an Independent, said: “Yes, by enlarge, there has been some changes.
“I always said that I never really wanted to get involved on the political side.
“As an independent, I have always taken decision on what I thought best.
“We don’t do too bad. I know there’s bad times at the moment, it’s tough times for all. Covid-19 is an awful invisible thing.”
Cheadle Town Mayor councillor Ian Plant, at the last Full Council of Cheadle Town Council meeting, said of Peter’s retirement: “I would like to thank Peter on behalf of myself and his constituents for the numerous years he has done.
“Hopefully we, as a council, will recognise his official retirement at some stage, but for now we wish him well in his retirement.”
Fellow Cheadle town councillor Ron Locker said: “Peter is an absolute gentleman who has been a councillor for a very long time.
“He’s always been a very wise councillor.”
As well as putting so much time into his role as councillor over so many years, Peter has worked all his life as an upholsterer which has led to him being president of the Association of Master Upholsterers.
He started out his own business in Leek in the 1980s, initially at premises in Getliffe’s Yard before moving his shop and workshop to Barngate Street which he closed on his work retirement several years ago.
Father of two, grandfather of two and great-grandfather of two Peter, aged 80, said of what he aims to do in his retirement: “I am probably as busy as any time I remember looking after the house and that sort of thing.”
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