By-election prospect after Peterlee councillor resigns over ill-health

Shotton Hall, Peterlee.
Shotton Hall, Peterlee.

A BY-ELECTION could be called after a councillor resigned over ill-health.

Frank Price has quit his post as Labour representative for the Edenhill ward on Peterlee Town Council.

The Mail reported last week that a solicitor had been called in after Mr Price failed to attend council meetings for seven months – longer than the six-month period of absence before a councillor is disqualified from their position without giving notice of absence.

But Mr Price had said he was suffering from prostate problems, and had put his apologies in for meetings.

Now, a notice of a councillor vacancy has been advertised for the ward.

It says that: “due to the resignation of Councillor Frank Price, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council.

“If by 12 November, 2014 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to: The Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Room 1/104-115, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, it will take place not later than January, 20 2015.”

A town council spokesperson said: “A casual vacancy has been declared for the Edenhill ward and a notice of election is out.

“The reason was for non-attendance due to ill-health.” Mr Price did not wish to comment.