St Ives councillor steps down after three weeks

A ST Ives town councillor has stepped down – just three weeks after being elected for the first time.

Jennifer Coville, of Laburnham Way, handed in her resignation to the council at the end of last week – a move that could spark a by-election and cost the council about �5,000.

It is believed that she stepped down because of problems with council protocols, including having to call the mayor, Debbie Townsend, ‘Mister Mayor’.

Cllr Townsend told The Hunts Post: “I’m sad that Jennifer has made this decision which she has taken as there was certain protocols she doesn’t agree with. I wish her all the best.”

The town council confirmed that Ms Coville resigned from St Ives Town Council and a vacancy has been declared.

A spokesman said: “It is always a concern when a councillor, for whatever reason, does not complete their full four-year term but especially so this early into the new administration.”

At her first council meeting, Ms Coville was appointed on the property, Norris Museum and amenities committees.

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She declined the chance to comment.

A notice of vacancy has been posted on the notice boards on the town hall and a by-election will take place if 10 electors request it of HDC before June 19.