Date set for town council's by-elections
A DATE has been set for Brixham's latest town council by-election.
The by-election was called for two of the 12 seats on the authority following the resignation last month of councillors Gordon Boote and Nick Henderson.
The two councillors were supporters of the £20million proposed Tesco town centre development.
Cllr Boote resigned after the town council turned down the scheme on traffic and access issues while Cllr Henderson tendered his resignation after feeling 'more and more disenchanted' with the way the council was operating and because of personal reasons too.
Their resignations were the second and third in four months.
Last autumn, Cllr Vic Ellery resigned when he took up the post of director with the befriending charity Brixham Does Care.
He was replaced by Rosemary Clarke, the founder of the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore action group.
The latest by-election, with both seats for the St Marys with Summercombe ward, will also see BRATS candidates being fielded.
For the post left vacant by Cllr Boote, Cheryl Hampton, from BRATS, and Lindsay Harrison, a former town council clerk running as an independent, have come forward.
For the other seat, Richard Rhyl, also from BRATS, and Jessica Stock, a local businesswoman, as an independent candidate.
The election will be held on the same day to save cash as each by-election costs Brixham Town Council up to £10,000.
A spokeswoman for the authority said: "It made more sense to hold the two by-elections on the same day, especially as they are both for the same ward."