Chris calls time on borough councillor role

Coun. Chris Tennant is stepping down from his Pendle Council position as an Earby ward councillor at next May's election.

Coun. Chris Tennant is stepping down from his Pendle Council position as an Earby ward councillor at next May's election.

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An Earby councillor is to step down from his borough role after nearly a decade and a half representing the ward.

Coun. Chris Tennant will not stand at the next Pendle Council elections in 2014 but will retain his position as chairman of Earby Town Council.

Coun. Tennant said: “It’s been on my mind for a while. I’ve been a councillor for nearly 15 years and to do the job properly you need to give a lot of time.

“I just want a bit more time for myself. I also have a few business ideas I would like to investigate and explore. It’s been a pleasure and very enjoyable 95% of the time and a privilege to represent Earby ward.”

The news comes as the Conservative Party has officially announced its West Craven candidates for next May’s elections.

In Earby, Mike Goulthorp will stand in Coun. Tennant’s place while in Barlick, Lyle Davy (17) will bid to take the Coates Ward seat from Coun. Lindsay Gaskell of the Liberal Democrats who is expected to stand again.

Mike Thompson will stand in Craven Ward against Lib-Dem seat holder Coun. David Whipp, who is also expected to stand again.

The Lib-Dems have not announced an Earby Ward candidate yet and the Labour Party have not decided their West Craven choices.