A COLCHESTER councillor is stepping down as she can "no longer fulfil the responsibilities" of the role.

Catherine Bickersteth, one of three councillors for Highwoods, is set to give up her seat due to moving out of the area.

Catherine, who secured her position in 2022, has since wished the residents of Colchester all the best for the future.

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She said: "After careful consideration, I have come to the decision to step down from my role as a councillor with Colchester City Council.

"I am grateful for the trust and confidence that residents placed in me when they elected me to this position.

"However, personal priorities and commitments have evolved, including a move out of Colchester, which means I am no longer able to fulfil the responsibilities of a councillor."

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Fellow Labour councillor for Highwoods, Jocelyn Law said it will be sad to see Catherine go.

She added: "It’s a huge shame Catherine is moving away from the area, she has worked hard for the people of Highwoods, taking on casework, solving people’s problems and making sure the council’s services are kept up to scratch.

"She has set an inspiring example."

Julie Young, Labour group in Colchester, added: "I want to thank Catherine for her service to the people of Highwoods and Colchester.

"She will be much missed. We will be selecting another candidate to succeed her and will be asking the voters of Highwoods to give us their support once again."