Following defeat at last week’s local elections, former council leader and councillor for Shanklin South, David Pugh, has today (Tuesday) informed the clerk at Shanklin Town council that he wishes to stand down.
David was beaten by 10 votes in last week’s county elections, losing to Independent candidate Richard Priest.
However, despite losing at county level, he gained enough votes from residents to be elected to the town council.
In an email to fellow town councillors, David said although he would remain living in Shanklin, he intended to be working off the Island much more in the future and couldn’t commit to attending all meetings.
It’s currently unclear what will happen with the vacant seat. It may spark another election or perhaps a candidate could be co-opted onto the town council.
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