Former mayor of Normanton Bill Wood resigns from town council

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A by-election could be held after the resignation of a Normanton town councillor.

Bill Wood, who had been a town councillor for Altofts for seven-a-and-a half years, has resigned for “personal reasons”, the town council confirmed.

Mr Wood was mayor of Normanton last year and raised cash for charities including Martin House Hospice.

Normanton Town Council leader Carol Moran said: “Bill Wood has resigned from the town council for personal reasons but we hope that he and his wife Jeannie take with them some fond memories, particularly from the year that they served the town as mayor and mayoress.”

A by-election could be triggered by Mr Wood’s resignation if enough residents from his town council ward request one.

Alternatively the town council, which is made up of 22 councillors, could co-opt somebody as a replacement.

Coun Moran added: “The vacancy has been advertised and Wakefield Council will notify us if the vacancy has to be filled by election or co-option.”

During is time with the town council, Mr Wood campaigned for improvements to road safety in Altofts.

He also helped clear snow from paths in Normanton to help keep elderly people safe in winter.

Mr Wood did not wish to comment further on his resignation.

Constituents who want to request a by-election should write to Wakefield Council, Electoral Services, Wakefield County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield WF1 2QW.