An engineer who has dedicated 14 years to serving Hartlepool’s communities is stepping down as a councillor.
Peter Jackson began his public service as treasurer of Throston Residents’ Association and was persuaded to run for election as a Labour councillor by the late Harry Clouth.
But I’ve had some good times and have lots of good memories.Councillor Peter Jackson
He representant the area for four years, before boundary changes saw him become a ward member for the Headland and Harbour ward, which he has served for the last decade.
The 56-year-old has decided to step down due to work commitments through his work as an electrical engineer and after becoming a grandfather for the first time.
A by-election is expected to be held to find his replacement.
Councillor Jackson said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it over the years and we have had the Tall Ships and other big events, but we have also seen the cuts hit dramatically over the last few years.
“But I’ve had some good times and have lots of good memories.”
During his time with the council, Coun Jackson has been a cabinet member with responsibilities for performance, neighbourhood services and policy.
He has helped steer events as chairman of the festivals committee and will remain in the post, helping to plan events such as the town’s Winter Tide.
Coun Jackson has also helped support the sea defence project to protect the Headland.
He is also stepping down to spend more time with his family including wife Jill, grandson Orson, who was born to daughter Naomi Faraday, 32, eight months ago, and son Daniel, 29.