September 14, 2020 5.13 pm This story is over 38 months old

West Lindsey District Council leader “stepping back” from role

He needs to deal with “personal challenges”

The leader of West Lindsey District Council is “stepping back” from his role to deal with “some personal challenges”.

Councillor Giles McNeill was elected to take over the role in May last year. However, he has since left his role temporarily.

The council’s deputy leader, Councillor Owen Bierley, has stepped in to cover his duties until further notice.

Ian Knowles, Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council, said: “I can confirm that the leader of the Council, Councillor Giles McNeill, will be taking a step back from his role so that he can deal with some personal challenges.

The council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Owen Bierley, will be stepping in to cover the leaders’ duties until further notice.”

Councillor McNeill revealed last month that he would soon be leaving the Gainsborough Constituency Conservative Association after ten years.

It is understood that it is in relation to allegations of misconduct, but this has not been confirmed.

Giles McNeill was not available for comment by the time of publication.