THE LEADER of Witney Town Council has resigned with immediate effect, days after a vote of no confidence was tabled against him.

Dean Temple, who was elected to the role in May, cited 'work commitments' as the reason for the decision, which is effective as of 1pm today.

Mr Temple was set to face the vote of no confidence at the next town council meeting, which was expected to take place next Monday, November 5, but this was cancelled before his resignation.

The motion was tabled by fellow councillor Jane Doughty on Wednesday and seconded by Witney deputy mayor Howard Chirgwin. 

But he informed town clerk Sharon Groth of his decision in an email sent earlier today.

Mr Temple will continue as a town councillor for Witney North and revealed he intends to stay on beyond next May.

He said: "After all I have achieved for the area I grew up and now raise my children in, I still believe there is much more to do.

"So I will be staying on as town councillor until May and hopefully beyond, if my friends and neighbours will have me speaking up for them."

Mr Temple was first elected to the council in May 2015.