Resignation sparks by-election

A BY-ELECTION will take place in Ponteland following the resignation of a town councillor.

Richard Hutchinson, who represented the West ward, has stepped down from the authority due to work and family commitments.

At a recent meeting, Mayor Peter Cowey said: “I would like to record my appreciation, on behalf of all councillors, for Richard’s work during his time on the council.

“We were sad to hear that he could no longer continue because of the demands of his job and family commitments. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Town council clerk Kath Mavin said she had, in accordance with regulations, advertised the vacancy and was recently informed by the county council that the required number of signatures had been received for a by-election to take place.