A borough councillor who has served in Tilgate for 23 years will step down.
Colin Lloyd (Lab, Tilgate), cabinet member for environmental services and sustainability, will not stand for reelection next May.
Cllr Lloyd was first elected to his seat in 1990 and has always served in Tilgate.
He was cabinet member for environmental services from 2000 to 2006 and took a two-and-a-half-year break from council work from 2008.
He said: “I’ve served for a very long time.
“Everyone stops at some point and that’s long enough for me.”
He said: “I’m particularly proud of the recycling service we’ve built up over the years.
“I helped to introduce the original red top recycling scheme about ten years ago.
“Also I helped set up the environmental unit at the town hall.”
People who signed up to the unit’s energy switch scheme are set to save an average of more than £200 over the next year.
Cllr Lloyd said he was ‘very proud’ of his work helping residents successfully save a green space off Ely Close from development last year.
He said: “That was a battle royale.
“I worked with many wonderful residents on that over what became years.”
Cllr Lloyd, a grandfather of two, said he decided to step down over the summer.
The town’s Labour group’s selections for next May’s elections happened on October 1.
Carlos Castro, a member of Tilgate Forum, will be a Labour candidate for his seat.