Long-serving campaigner Tricia Bamford has stepped down from her role as councillor for Chessington South.

First elected to Kingston Council in May 1998, Patricia dedicated 22 years of service to the community in Chessington, Malden Rushett and the surrounding areas. She had planned to retire at the end of her term in May 2022, but changes in family circumstances mean she has now decided to step down now.

Owing to the ongoing pandemic, a by-election is expected to be held in early May this year.

Patricia said: “I have always done my utmost to represent the interests of Chessington South residents and businesses, South of the Borough Neighbourhood, as well as the wider Royal Borough of Kingston.

“I have resigned as councillor for Chessington South, a privileged role I have held for more than 22 years. I have learned so many things during my time and have met some wonderful people as a councillor, having taken on many roles and responsibilities most of which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Councillor Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “Tricia has served the residents of Chessington South both in administration and opposition and we will greatly miss her knowledge and experience. I would like to thank Tricia for all she has done during her long and distinguished service in her ward and all the leadership positions she has held.”