A Lichfield councillor has resigned from his role as a governor at a city school after a row over the future of the Friary Grange Leisure Centre.
Cllr Jamie Checkland had become embroiled in the debate after speaking at a public meeting over plans to axe the leisure centre as part of a proposal to turn The Friary School into academy.
He had served as a governor at the school for around eight years, becoming chair of the governing body prior to his resignation.
The Conservative member for the Leomansley ward has also apologised after breaking Lichfield District Council’s code of conduct in a meeting over the planned leisure centre closure.
He said he hoped resigning as a governor would avoid any future conflict of interest concerns.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school.
“This step has been made to enable the school to continue to focus on the well-being and learning of the students.”