TWO long-standing Labour councillors in Sheffield are to stand down at the next election in May.
Coun Joan Barton has represented Firth Park since she was first elected in 1978 and has been influential as deputy party leader and chair of the Labour group for 18 years.
She is a former chair of the education committee and deputy chair of housing.
At present, she is a member of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue authority as well as the council.
Coun Barton, who is married to former Labour councillor and Euro-MP Roger Barton, said: “I plan to spend more time with my four grandchildren, holidaying in my motor home, gardening and glass cutting art work.”
Coun Jane Bird, who represents Shiregreen and Brightside, became a councillor in 1992 and was Lord Mayor in 2008-2009. Currently a member of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, she said she had “loved serving the community”.
In retirement, Coun Bird wants to spend more time with her four grandchildren, at her caravan and travelling and reading.