Statement from Cllr Robert Humby

Press Release: 17/02/2015

"Over the last week, I have reflected carefully on my position as Leader of the Council. I have come to the conclusion that the time has now come for me to step aside.

I stand by the decisions I and the Cabinet made on Silver Hill. They were taken after consulting with officers and taking external legal advice.

I think it is also important to remember that the majority of decisions on Silver Hill were taken long before I was Leader.

Nevertheless, I was Leader when the Court decision was handed down and so must take responsibility for that judgement.

I have always sought to act in the best interests of the City. I believe it is now in the best interests of Winchester and the Council for me to stand aside to allow a new Leader to take matters forward.

I hope this will allow for a new spirit of co-operation, and in particular allow the Council to set a budget at its meeting on Thursday.

I have been proud to lead the City Council and wish my successor the very best."