A VACANCY for the East ward of Barnard Castle Town Council has become available.

Councillors are inviting suitably qualified candidates - who must be residents of the parish, be occupied in the parish, or live within three miles of the parish - to submit a formal expression of interest, stating their suitability on no more than one side of A4.

Anyone submitting an expression of interest by noon on Thursday, April 18, will be invited to attend a special council meeting at 6pm on Monday, April 29, which will be held at Woodleigh, in Barnard Castle.

Candidates will be offered two minutes to state their suitability.

Members will then be offered an opportunity to question the candidates together. At the conclusion of the question and answer session, members may either resolve to proceed directly to a secret ballot or may resolve to exclude press and public pending a debate on the suitability of the candidates. The co-option will be decided by the achievement of an absolute majority.

Email clerk@barnardcastletowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01833-690970 for more.