Fylde Council leader David Eaves steps down

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Image caption David Eaves has been leader since 2010

The leader of the Conservative-run Fylde Council has resigned ahead of next year's local council elections.

David Eaves, who has led the council since 2010, said he wants a younger successor to get experience before the May poll.

"I will be 69 by the next election and it is the right time to go," said Mr Evans who represents Ansdell ward.

His deputy Sue Fazackerley takes over as interim leader until the next full council meeting on 1 December.

"I am proud of what we have achieved," said Mr Eaves.

"The council was listed by the Audit Commission as 'weak' in 2004 and we now have public services that are second to none."

Analysis: BBC Radio Lancashire political reporter, Chris Rider

The new leader will have important issues to deal with.

The controversy that is fracking will be at the heart of it all. The authority has already made it clear it hopes Lancashire County Council will back its opposition to two recent applications put forward by Cuadrilla.

Local residents have concerns about future housing developments but also Lancashire County Council plans to build a link road between the M55 and BAE Systems in Warton.

Remember too, in May, the council held a referendum which voted to bring back the committee system after concerns about the way the authority was run.

The new leader will be hoping for much smoother ride given the challenges ahead.

During his time as council leader at Fylde Council, the salary bill for senior managers has been cut and council tax frozen for the last four years.

Mr Eaves remains a "backbench" member on the council and said he plans to contest the next elections.

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