Rate payers in Hebden Royd could be going back to the polling booth after two town councillors resigned citing work and family reasons, respectively.
Caldene ward councillor Matthew Talbot (Labour), who is studying to become a doctor, sent a resignation letter to Hebden Royd Mayor Coun Karl Boggis over the weekend informing him of his decision to stand down, with his study schedule making it impossible for him to attend Wednesday council meetings.
This was swiftly followed by White Lee ward councillor Julia Gibson (Liberal Democrat) who has had to stand down because of changing work and family circumstances.
In his resignation letter Mr Talbot, who chaired the strategy and review committee, said: “I would like to thank you (Coun Boggis) and our fellow councillors for making my time on the council so enjoyable. I would also like to thank the council’s staff for their hard work. Most of all, however, I would like to thank the voters of Caldene ward for allowing me to represent them on the council.”
In her resignation letter Mrs Gibson said: “These last few months have not been easy for me and my family and this combined with an increase in work commitments has meant that I find that I am no longer able to do a job that I set out to do. Therefore, I will no longer be one of your local town councillors. I hope the person who succeeds me will aim to do as I did and work collaboratively to get things done to benefit us all.”
Coun Boggis thanked both councillors for their contributions to Hebden Royd, said they would be missed and said that he agreed with their decision to stand down.
Meanwhile, notices were placed on town council advice boards yesterday informing electors in the White Lee and Caldene wards that they had 14 days to write to Calderdale Council’s returning officer asking for an election. If ten such requests are received from each ward then elections will be called at a cost of between £1,500 and £1,800.
If fewer than ten requests are received the town council would have the option of co-opting two new councillors.