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Flint attendance row councillor resigns

Published date: 14 April 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A FLINTSHIRE county councillor who lives in Yorkshire has resigned from his post.

Flint Trelawny Councillor, Trefor Howorth, handed in his resignation last week, sparking a by-election.

Last month angry residents had set up a petition calling for the Labour councillor to give up his seat, citing his attendance record at council and committee meetings since March 2012 of just 28 per cent.

But Mr Howorth, who lives in Bradford, said he had taken no notice of the petition. He said: “It has not left a sour taste, I just took no notice.

“My only regret is that I didn’t do it [resign] at the council meeting in May. I hadn’t thought about the European elections, and it will save money for the taxpayer if the by-election is held at the same time.”

Mr Howorth previously said he planned to resign due to his ‘change in personal circumstance’ in which he moved to Bradford following the death of his wife Margaret to cancer in 2012.

Mr Howorth, who has served as a councillor for more than 38 years, said: “I have been very grateful to the people of the Trelawny ward that I have served.

“They are kind and supportive and I enjoyed being part of it and I felt it was worthwhile. We had lots of successes over the years.”

Mr Howorth said he had also enjoyed being a governor of schools, especially at Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flint.

He also expressed pride in his involvement in creating Abbeyfield House, a sheltered housing complex, which was brought to Flint through charitable work.

He said some of his fondest memories were helping individuals with problems and complaints, no matter how small.

The petition calling for his resignation stated that in the last six months he has attended only one of the seven scheduled full council meetings in Mold.

He previously hit back at the petition’s claims, arguing his constituents were being well represented and that he always followed up issues when contacted by people living in his ward.

He added his attendance could be seen as low, but this was due to the ‘abnormal situation’ he faced.

Since March 2011, out of 40 scheduled meetings the councillor has been present at 11.

While he was a member of the corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee, between July 2012 and January 2013, he did not attend any of its 16 meetings.

Flint Councillor Alex Aldridge paid tribute to the long-standing councillor. He said: “Cllr Howorth has resigned as he said he would and I can only wish him and his family all the best.

“Whatever life brings him, I wish all God speed to him and his family.”

A public announcement is due to be made by Flintshire Council, inviting candidates to stand for election. The election is likely to be held on Thursday, May 22, the date of the European Elections.

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  1. Posted by: dukedom at 14:30 on 14 April 2014 Report

    So, councillor has done decent thing- yet both he and his Party that so supported his stance, state his wife died in 2012. Sorry- check records- shown she died in JKanuary 2011. Suppose their new candidate will be an ex-mayor again- but told that only party members get elected or if not a Labourite, you agree not to stand against one of their party in an election !! Ludicrous

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