Mayor to step down as two vacancies open on council

Mayor of Alnwick, Bill Grisdale.

Mayor of Alnwick, Bill Grisdale.

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The current Mayor of Alnwick, Bill Grisdale, has announced he will not be seeking re-election at next month’s annual meeting of the town council.

And as well as a new civic head, there will be two new faces on the council to fill the seats vacated by Rachael Roberts and David Farrar.

Reflecting on his three-year tenure as Mayor, Coun Grisdale said: “I want to thank everyone for their support. It’s been interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do it.

“It’s changed a lot over the three years and we face more challenges now than we did. Things are changing, but that’s why it’s good to have a settled council to deal with it.”

Town and county councillor, Gordon Castle, congratulated Bill and added: “We have different political world views, but you have suppressed the party-political side of the town council which I think is particularly important.”

Anyone interested in taking on one of the vacant seats, for the Clayport and Castle wards and which will both be filled by co-option, should contact the town council by 5pm on Friday, May 6, with a letter setting out in no more than 500 words why they wish to become a town councillor.

Candidates will then be invited to meet the current councillors informally at 6.45pm on Thursday, May 12, prior to the council’s annual meeting. The decision would then be taken during a private session following the meeting.

Send your application to the town clerk, Bill Batey, on alnwicktownclerk@btconnect.com or Room 5, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW.

Call Bill on 07971 810267 or send an email for more information about the roles.