Candidates snub vacant seats on council

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A BY-ELECTION will take place for two seats on Rothbury Parish Council.

But for the second time running, there has been no interest in vacancies on Amble Town Council.

The Coquetdale contest will see Steven Bridgett, of Jubilee Crescent, Liberal Democrat candidate Christina Downie, of South Terrace, and Rosalyn Tinlin of The Haven, Back Crofts, battle it out for the two posts up for grabs.

The by-election will take place on Thursday, July 28 and the polling station will be held at the village’s Jubilee Hall, from 7am to 10pm.

But the wait will go on for the two seats to be filled in Amble Central ward after no nominations were received for the second time.

The ward had an initial by-election date of June 23 with nominations due by the end of May, and then this time round, there was a potential by-election date of July 28 with nominations closing last Friday.

But on both occasions, no nominations were received.

A new date and timetable will be set up to try to attract nominations for the two seats, and this is set to take place after the Rothbury by-election.

One vacancy was filled for Amble Town Council though when Sam Palin, 35, won the by-election for the seat in Amble West ward last month.

The Conservative candidate pipped Liberal Democrat Kate Morrison to the place.

Sam, from Bisley Road, said: “It is a great honour to be elected and I am very much looking forward to it.”

The turnout was 25.7 per cent and Sam collected 300 votes, compared to Kate’s 104.