No by-election after sad death of Hartlepool councillor

Cath Hill
Cath Hill

CIVIC chiefs have confirmed there will be no by-election held after the sad death of popular Hartlepool councillor Cath Hill.

The 76-year-old passed away after a battle with cancer and emotional tributes have poured in for the independent councillor, described as a “fantastic ambassador” for Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council has confirmed there will not be a by-election, instead the Seaton ward seat - which would have been up for election anyway - will be one of 11 seats contested on Thursday, May 22, as part of the scheduled elections.

Further tributes were paid to Coun Hill at a full council meeting last week, who first became a councillor 19 years ago.

A minute’s silence was held inside the council chamber before independent councillor Paul Thompson said: “Cath was a tremendous champion for this town and never took her eye off the ball when it came to Hartlepool or its young people.”

Coun Hill’s other ward colleague, Putting Hartlepool First councillor Kelly Atkinson, added: “Cath was a fantastic councillor and gave a lot of her time and passion to not only Seaton but the whole of Hartlepool.”

Coun Hill died at home in the early hours of Sunday, February 2. Her funeral took place last week.

The grandmother-of-two beat the disease around eight years ago and went into remission, but became ill again last summer.