THE deputy leader of South Oxfordshire District Council is stepping down because she is too busy.
Angie Paterson, a Conservative who was first elected to represent Watlington in a by-election in 2006, is also cabinet member for planning policy and customer services.
She is also associate priest for the Benefice of Icknield, a voluntary role, and constituency office manager and caseworker for Henley MP John Howell.
Councillor Paterson said: ?I feel I?m not doing anything to the best of my ability. I didn?t have a full-time job when I started and I have my church work, which is important to me.
?It about a life balance really. I hope for a good outcome from the election and the people of Watlington will continue to be well represented but I?m not the only person who can do that.?
The ward has also been reduced from two members to one following a local government boundary review.
Cllr Paterson, who lives in Hill Road, Watlington, said: ?Because the ward is going down to one member I felt it was sensible to stand down. It?s a small ward and therefore only really needs one member.
?There are some things I will miss and some people ? both lovely councillors and officers.?
Meanwhile, a Henley businesswoman hopes to be re-elected to the district council, four years after losing her seat.
Lorraine Hillier, a Conservative town councillor who runs the Hot Gossip coffee house and Upstairs and Downstairs tea room, was elected to the Henley North ward in 2007 but lost out in the 2011 election to fellow town councillors Elizabeth Hodgkin and Joan Bland. Cllrs Hodgkin (Independent) and Bland (Conservative) are also standing for re-election.
Cllr Hodgkin, who received more than 900 votes in 2011, has been a town councillor since 2003.
Cllr Bland, who runs Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street, was first elected to the district council in 2007. She is to stand down from the town council after eight years.
Other Henley district council candidates include former mayors Ken Arlett (UKIP) and Stefan Gawrysiak (Henley Residents? Group), writer and designer Elisabeth Geake (Green Party) and Neil Hendry (Liberal Democrat) as well as Will Hall (Conservative), who is seeking re-election.
• Henley MP John Howell took time out from the campaign trail to play the organ at an Easter service at St Leonard?s Church in Watlington. For many years he was the organist at St Laurence Church in Warborough but said: ?I stopped playing permanently when I became an MP as there wasn?t time to do both. It was amazing how it all came back.? He is pictured with associate priest Rev Angie Paterson, who also works for the MP.