I HAVE had my moments with Pete Addis. Cast your minds back to the fish restaurant plan for Babbacombe Downs for a starter. Pete was one of the leading protesters against the bid for a top-notch eating house which would have replaced a toilet block at the Torquay beauty spot.
One of his main arguments was the building would have also been on the site of a panoramic viewing platform enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.
Pete was adamant the majority of people in his ward of Babbacombe and St Marychurch, where he has been a Torbay Tory councillor for around six years, were dead against the idea.
I still tend to disagree — a viewing gallery would have been included in the new development — but that is now all water under the bridge.
Whether you agreed or disagreed with him, it was obvious Pete has a passion for his area, the Bay and its people.
But his days of fighting their corner are to come to an end.
He has confirmed he will not be standing for re-election in the 2015 local elections.
He says he is simply too old.
The 75 year old says: "I am not standing again. I believe there is a sell-by date for councillors.
"I have got to that age. I believe younger people should take my place.
"They are more in touch with current affairs.
"My health at the moment is also not brilliant.
"This is my own view and some of the older councillors have served the council very well indeed.
"We have a new candidate and she is a lot younger than me.
"It is very much a personal opinion and everybody has different views.
"You have to look at the perception from the public. The perception is that I am too old."
He will have served eight years as a councillor by the time the 2015 election comes around.
He says: "I have enjoyed being a councillor with huge frustrations.
"There are always frustrations. You don't always get your own way.
"There are many things you don't always agree with. You are voting as a group. There are many times when you would not have agreed with the group.
"Many councillors have felt the same."
The Torbay Conservative Association has, meanwhile, decided to put its faith in experience and stay with current mayor Gordon Oliver as their choice to fight the true-blue cause in the mayoral election being held at the same time.
The decision was first proclaimed on Twitter by Torbay Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Kevin Foster.
'Delighted that Torbay CA members have re-selected Gordon Oliver as their candidate for Torbay Council Mayor' was the announcement.
The decision was described as a 'normal re-selection vote for a sitting candidate'.
And it looks as if Torbay labour councillor Darren Cowell will be fighting his party's corner in the next mayoral election. He was given the nod by a regional selection panel and was expected to be rubber stamped as their candidate for 2015 by the Torbay Labour Party over the weekend.
He has been councillor for two-and-a-half yeas and says: "The election is going to be very open.
"It is going to be held on the same day as the general election.
"The turn out should be high."
He said there were some huge challenges ahead especially the millions of pounds in council budget cuts looming.
But he said: "By engaging with the community, the business community and other partners I am sure we can achieve things.
"We are not being seen as proactive at the moment. We have the talent, but we are not using it when we are up against it, which we are.
"If I were Gordon Oliver I would be drawing on all that talent on the council and from out in the wider Bay.
"Torbay is crying out for something different."
He is looking forward to taking on Mr Oliver.
He says: "I have been made aware that Gordon has been re-anointed.
"I would not be expected to interfere with the nomination process of other parties.
"If Gordon is the best candidate answering to the electorate I look forward to the next 18 months, challenging him on his record and his plans for the future.
"That's the biggest worry. It seems that what is being delivered at the moment is from the legacy of the previous mayor."
He was interested by Pete Addis's decision to stand down because of his age and said he would be missed.
On the age theme, Darren said: "You have to be careful about age discrimination, but what we are desperate for in Torbay are younger councillors.
"I am 47 and am probably the third youngest on the council.
"It says something about the average age of councillors and their backgrounds.
"We need a balance of working people and business people as well as people who are semi-retired over retired.
"We are top heavy."
He was quick to point out: "As long as people are making a positive contribution and engaging with their communities it doesn't matter if they are 18 or 80."
But he added: "There does come a time for some when it time to hand over the baton."