Two to contest council seat

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A BY-ELECTION will take place in Amble for a place on the town council.

Liberal Democrat Kate Morrison, of Island View, and Conservative candidate Sam Palin, of Bisley Road, will battle it out for the vacant position in the town’s west ward.

The contest will take place on June 23, and the polling station will be at Sacred Heart Church Hall behind High Street, between 7am and 10pm.

Meanwhile, there were no candidates for the two vacancies in Amble central ward, so another election date and nomination period will be set, which is expected to be after the Amble west by-election.

The vacancies come after a number of councillors stood down from the town council.

And at its meeting last month, members were quizzed by county Coun Jeff Watson, ward member for Amble West with Warkworth, as to why there had recently been such a high turnover of councillor.

Chairman Coun Leslie Bilboe said that the councillors who stood down left for different reasons.

He said that the town council had already discussed the issue and that it was to arrange to meet prospective candidates and subsequently to mentor new councillors to help introduce them to protocol and procedures as well as offer any guidance needed in other matters.

Coun Watson also called on the town council to engage with the public more and said that public didn’t attend meetings and that the meeting room was inadequate.

Coun Bilboe said the council was looking at ways to resolve this, while Coun Helen Lewis said that they have tried council surgeries which were poorly attended but they would try again.