Parish, town and even a district seat up for grabs across Fenland councils

Fenland District Council has posted five councillor vacancy notices for councils across the Fens.

Two seats are vacant on Whittlesey Town Council and there is also a vacancy on Wisbech Town Council, Newton-on-the-Isle Parish Council and Tydd St Giles Parish Council.

The official notices state that any by-elections will not take place until May 6, 2021 due to legislation introduced to postpone this year’s police and crime commissioner elections because of the lockdown. County council elections also take place the same day.

“Should this legislation be amended this position will be revisited,” the notice says.

The Lattersey ward of Whittlesey Town Council is vacant following the death of Cllr Alan Bristow in April.

He had served on Whittlesey Town Council since 2008 and was elected to Fenland District Council in May 2019.

The other seat available on the same town council is in the Stonald Ward.

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Its notice of vacancy was published on October 1 following the resignation of Cllr Victoria Lang-Whiston earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, in Wisbech, the Octavia Hill Ward now has a vacancy after Cllr Philip Wing resigned from the position earlier this month.

Two Fenland parish councils each have a vacancy following resignations.

It has been revealed Cllr John Hoyles, an influential Fenland farmer and long-serving parish councillor, has resigned from Newton-on-the-Isle parish council.

He has previously served as the council’s chairman.

In 2013, he was made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to agriculture.

Mr Hoyles had also been a long-serving chairman of the National Farmers Union’s sugar board and served as chairman of the North Level Internal Drainage Board.

For the village community, he has also served as a churchwarden and as chairman of the governors of Tydd St Giles Primary School.

His family farms at Newton have been growing mustard for Colman’s of Norwich for more than a century.

Meanwhile, another vacancy has arisen at Tydd St Giles parish council following the resignation of Cllr George Minney earlier this summer.

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