ALAN Scott, a member of Durham County Council for the past eight years, is not standing at the May elections because of ill health.

He said that since he became unwell 18 months ago - after five meetings in one day as far apart as Middleton-in-Teesdale and Penrith- he has found it hard to make the 60-mile round trip to Durham from his farm at Mickleton.

Coun Scott, 63, a former NFU county chairman, said he was sorry to give up.