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Tom Dewhirst resigned from Fleetwood Town Council, leaving a vacancy.
Tom Dewhirst resigned from Fleetwood Town Council, leaving a vacancy.

FLEETWOOD Town Council is looking to find a new councillor following the resignation last month of Coun Tom Dewhirst.

There has already been interest from applicants, but the council is inviting others to come forward if they want to apply.

There are currently 12 councillors on the council but the full membership should stand at 13.

Coun Dewhirst represented Pharos ward but stood down after becoming disillusioned with the organisation.

Town clerk Janet Purle, who handles Fleetwood council’s administration, says no requests have been made by Wyre Council for an election, therefore the Town Council will co-opt the new member on to the council.

Mrs Purle said: “I have already received five expressions of interest – however if anyone is interested in being co-opted to the council, they are welcome to apply.”

Applicants are asked to contact Mrs Purle, preferably by e-mail at (clerk@fleetwoodtowncouncil.org), stating the reasons why they are interested in becoming a member.

All expressions of interest must be received by Friday October 14.

The applicants will then be invited to speak at the next council meeting, at the North Euston Hotel on Tuesday October 25 at 7pm, and a vote will take place following that meeting.

Meanwhile, at the Town Council’s most recent meeting last week, it was agreed that the council’s share of the council tax should be frozen for the next financial year.

Councillors decided to raise £90,000 on the precept, as in the current year.

For a Band D property it will mean a small extra £11.33 payment for Fleetwood residents, on top of their usual Wyre council tax bill for the year.

Meanwhile, the old issue of the smell connected with the town’s sewage plant hasn’t quite gone away, the Town Council was told by Coun Dave Shaw.

Problems with the Jameson Road plant were supposed to have been resolved by the £50m improvement programme on the site.

But although the problem is not as bad, Coun Shaw , who sits on a United Utilities Forum, said some problems were still being ironed out. He said “It seems to be from 10pm to 10.30pm and we are trying to work out what it is.”

He urged anyone with problems to call the UU hotline on 0800 781 7134.