Town Council clerk Janet announces her retirement

Fleetwood Town Council have appointed a new Town Clerk, Janet Purle. PIC BY ROB LOCK
Fleetwood Town Council have appointed a new Town Clerk, Janet Purle. PIC BY ROB LOCK

For almost five years she has handled the various administrative duties of Fleetwood Town Council, but now town clerk Janet Purle is to retire.

Janet, 62, was due to make the announcement at this week’s meeting of the town council.

The former civil servant and teacher, who has two grown up sons and three young grandchildren, plans to leave the post in July.

When she took up the position in October 2009, the town council itself was a new organisation so Janet effectively inaugurated the town clerk role.

She told the Weekly News: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it – there have been some challenging moments, but it has always been interesting.

“The highlight for me was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Fleetwood.

“Being able to play a role in an event that people will remember all their lives was very special.

“But apart from that, helping a brand new council for Fleetwood take off has been very rewarding.

“We had to start from scratch, there had been nothing before, so it was exciting and challenging.”

Janet, of Warren Avenue North, is based at the council’s Poulton Road office and works 22 hours a week over five days. She is the only person on the council to be paid.

Some of the more challenging aspects of her job are to ensure the council meets its financial and legal requirements. With such specific - and potentially serious - work, Janet was given help and advice by the Lancashire branch of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Janet added: “Whoever succeeds me will be able to get support from NALC but I would be happy to lend my advice.”

Coun Alan Marsh, chairman of the town council, said: “Janet has been our first and only town clerk and she has done a superb job during her tenure in office.

“When she goes she will be hugely missed by all of us on the council.”