Green guru John Tanner has stepped down as Oxford’s member for the environment after 10 years in the role.
The Labour councillor, who announced his decision on Sunday, stood down from Oxford City Council’s executive board on Tuesday.
Mr Tanner has been in charge of the environment at the council for 10 years, leading on projects such as the annual green week and the world-first Zero Emissions Zone being planned for the city centre.
The 72-year-old said: “Holding the brief for recycling, clean air and climate change in Oxford has been a wonderful opportunity, great fun and a real privilege.
“We have an excellent bunch of Oxford Labour councillors, more than ever before, and it’s time to let somebody a bit younger take on the role.
“I’m thrilled we now recycle half of all household waste, are introducing the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone and are well on the way to shrinking the whole city’s carbon footprint by 40 per cent by 2020.”
Cllr Tanner, a city councillor for 28 years, will continue to serve as a Littlemore representative.
But now he wants to spend more time focusing on other duties, including building links with Oxford’s various twin towns.
Cllr Tanner’s replacement is Tom Hayes. Visit tinyurl.com/yc6bt8zf to view the new cabinet in full.