Councillor steps down

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A MORPETH councillor has stepped down from his role due to other commitments.

Ken Kirkbride, who represented the Morpeth South ward on Morpeth Town Council, has served as a Liberal Democrat member for about four years.

The 64-year-old said: “I just haven’t got the time to commit myself to the council so I decided to let somebody else, who could give more commitment than me, take the role on.

“There is a lot of hard work put into the council by a lot of councillors and also the office staff, who do an excellent job.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my service and I found it a useful experience.”

Notices have now gone up informing residents about Coun Kirkbride’s departure and inviting them to call an election for his replacement.

To secure the ballot, at least ten people from the ward will have to request one within 14 days of the notices being displayed. If not enough people come forward, the council will decide the next course of action and councillors would be able to co-opt a member.