Town councillor resigns

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AN original member of Morecambe Town Council has quit his role over what he described as “a few misgivings”.

Councillor Geoff Marsland resigned from the resort’s parish council but will remain a Lancaster city councillor and member of the Morecambe Bay Independents.

Coun Marsland had been on the council since its inception in 2009.

He said the reason for his decision was because there were “some things I’m not too happy about”.

“In my opinion the town council is in the best condition since it started and this is mainly due to the efforts of the town clerk, David Croxall, and the chair, Councillor David Kerr,” said Coun Marsland.

“I do have a few misgivings in certain areas and they might be due to why I have left, although I do not wish to comment further at this time.

“I’m very grateful for the support I’ve had and still have a great affinity for the town, and will remain a city councillor and an MBI.”

Coun Marsland’s resignation came days after he stormed out of a town council meeting on Thursday night after being reprimanded by Coun Kerr.

Arrangements are in hand for the advertising and the filling of the vacancy created by Councillor Marsland’s resignation. The notice of casual vacancy will be published on May 24.

Following this a by-election to fill the vacancy will be held, if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday or Bank Holiday) from May 24, 10 electors for the Torrisholme ward of Morecambe Town Council give notice in writing to the returning officer claiming an election. The last date for receipt of the notice will be Friday, June 15.

The address of the returning officer is:

Lancaster City Council,

Town Hall,

Dalton Square,

Lancaster,

LA1 1PJ.