Date confirmed for by-election after Hartlepool councillor's resignation

Hartlepool's newest councillor will be elected next month after a date was announced for a by-election.

Thursday, 14th September 2017, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 10:53 am
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Independent Seaton ward councillor Paul Thompson stood down last week because of increasing work commitments.

A by-election to decide his successor will be held on Thursday, October 19, with nominations to stand in the election now open.

Former councillor Paul Thompson.

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Coun Thompson opted to resign after seven years on the council, during which time he was critical of many decisions taken by council leaders.

As the manager of Hartlepool charity Families First – which recently changed its name to Families First North East because of its growth outside of the town – he was concerned that he could no longer dedicate the time necessary to being a councillor.

On election day, polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.

Those who are not currently on the electoral register have been warned that the deadline to register is looming.

Former councillor Paul Thompson.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “A date has been set for a by-election in the Seaton Ward following the resignation Councillor Paul Thompson (Independent) due to work commitments.

“The by-election will take place on Thursday, October 19 and polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

“If you are not on the electoral register, the deadline to register to vote is October 3, the deadline for postal vote applications is October 4 and the deadline for proxy vote applications (excluding emergency) is 5pm on October 11. Nominations to stand in the election close at 4pm on Friday, September 22.”

After resigning, Coun Thompson said he was confident fellow Seaton councillor James Black would continue to challenge the council leadership and spending.

He also thanked residents and council officers for their support over the last seven years.

He added: “I leave the council at a time when there are a number of imminent projects planned for Seaton, such as the improved water play area opposite the Marine Hotel which will commence September/October, the additional play facilities on Coronation Drive (October) and investment in Seaton Park.

“I feel privileged to have been involved in making all of these developments a reality.”

During his time on the council, Coun Thompson was often a critical voice.

He was unhappy, in particular, with the decision to demolish the former Jacksons Landing building and a 31% increase in councillor allowances.

For more information on the by-election, call the council’s electoral team on 01429 523088.