A Pembrokeshire County Council stalwart is due to step down from his role as councillor for Burton next month.

Cllr David Wildman, who is also the cabinet member for adult services and care, has been heavily involved in local politics for many years, but is set to move closer to family in Wiltshire, with his wife Margaret.

The loss of Cllr Wildman from the Independent Plus Group ranks leaves the group with 30 members to 29 other political group councillors and unaffiliated members.

The by-election process will not start until after Cllr Wildman’s official leaving date of March 1st.

Cllr Wildman’s role as councillor spans 14 years and includes not only the county council, but also time on Rosemarket Community Council, as well as being a member of Hywel Dda Health Board; the Age Concern executive, care and repair board; Pembrokeshire Strategic Partnership Board and many, many more.

He also gives presentations and talks at 50+ Forums, a scheme he was instrumental in setting up, lunch clubs and other groups, along with producing the Burton and Rosemarket community newsletter and sitting on the board of governors for local schools.

“I have enjoyed the last 14 years immensely. It has been very rewarding in that we have made many friends. I will never be able to thank them enough for the support they have given both to me but also my wife. It is an experience I will never forget.”

He and Margaret have also raised more than £40,000 for the St Nons ward at Bro Cerwyn, which will go towards a conservatory with the Friends of Withybush Hospital contributing a large amount.

“It takes over your life, it’s seven days a week. I will miss it all actually because I enjoy it,” added Cllr Wildman.