Council leader Nick Daubney who is standing down after more than nine years in the role.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney is to stand down from the role later this year, he announced on Monday.

After more than nine years at the helm of the borough council, Mr Daubney told the Conservative group of his intention at a meeting on Monday evening.

He will remain as leader until May and is also planning on staying on as a borough council member, representing  the South Wootton area.

“I have done the job for more than nine years but I think the time is now right,” he said.

Mr Daubney said he was proud of the achievements of the local authority under his leadership and felt he was leaving the council on a ‘sound footing.’

“I will stay on and help whoever is elected as leader which will be at the annual meeting on April 25.

“We have been through a period of enormous changes and that process will continue into the future.”

Mr Daubney added that forthcoming devolution proposals, designed to see more decisions taken at a local level rather than by central government, and changes to the way the council was funded would continue to make the role busy.

“I felt it was the right time to hand over the responsibility to someone else,” he said.

“Whoever takes over needs to build on the work we have done.”

Mr Daubney has served on the borough council as a Conservative member for 13 years and was deputy leader to John Dobson. He was instrumental in battling with Norfolk County Council over the incinerator proposed for West Norfolk.