Former Mayor Roger to step down after 15 years on the city council
After 15 years as a Worcester city councillor representing the St Peter’s ward, Conservative Roger Knight has decided to retire ahead of the May election for the seat. Here he reflects on his time as a city councillor
I have been fortunate to have represented our community here in St Peter’s, as your city councillor, for the past 15 years and my fourth term of office ends this coming May. I have struggled with the decision – do I stand again or do I step aside? After much thought I have decided to retire.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much for the trust and confidence that you have shown in me by electing me as your representative within our city council.
I have enjoyed the past 15 years, although the odd six-hour meeting ending late into the night has been somewhat arduous and not something anyone would want to do too often.
Having said that, I have been very lucky in that I have held many roles within the council, from cabinet member to deputy leader and on to the considerable honour, of being unanimously elected by my fellow councillors to serve as The Mayor of Worcester during the municipal year 2015/16.
My wife, Freda, and I have had some lovely experiences, opening the 300th occasion of the Three Choirs Festival, opening the Three Counties Show, attending the retirement celebration of the Bergermeister of Kleve in Germany, attended Buckingham Palace twice, once for a concert and the other occasion was to attend a Garden Party. We even opened a new road in Vernon, France. There are many more memories to cherish.
Some less glamorous occasions have popped up. When wheelie bins first came into use in our city I joined the refuse team and went out on the dustcart, emptying bins in an effort to understand both the benefit and impact of this new development.
I’ve swept streets, dug up weeds, trimmed shrubbery and picked up more litter than I care to think about. During these experiences I got to know most of the city council staff and they have been a great support to me over the years. It has been an eye-opening experience and I have met some great people, done things I never dreamt I would be doing or could do and, hopefully, delivered some benefit to our community and helped a few people along the way.
My wife and I have lived in St Peter’s for some 28 years. It is very much our home and home to our children and grandchildren. So, once again, thank you for allowing me to be your city councillor – it has been a privilege. Very best wishes and thank you.