A BURNHAM-ON-SEA town councillor has resigned for 'personal reasons.'

Cllr Richard Gardiner-White, who represented Burnham Central Ward for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, announced he would be resigning from the post this week. 

Mr Gardiner-White, who owns Gardiner-Whites in High Street, was elected as a Liberal Democrat town councillor at the local elections in May 2019. 

Last month he quit the Liberal Democrats and became an independent member of the town council. 

Mr Gardiner-White said: "I am resigning as Councillor for personal reasons.

"I would like to thank the team I’ve have worked with over the past year for all the hard work they put in to the towns."

The council will co-opt a person to fill the vacant seat, hold a by-election or leave the position unfilled. 

But if there is a by-election it would not take place until 2021 due to coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, said: “The Town Council has received the resignation of Rich Gardner White who has taken his decision on personal grounds.

"We thank Rich for his time in working with the Council and wish him and his family the very best.”