Councillor resigns after 17 years of service
Councillor Patricia Fairbank has announced she is stepping down from Craven District Council due to ill health.
Councillor Fairbank has served the ward of Aire Valley with Lothersdale since she became their elected member in 2000.
She said: "It is with great regret that I tender my resignation as a Member of Craven District Council with effect from March 24, 2017. Unfortunately due to continuing ill health I am finding it increasingly difficult to carry out my duties and I feel that it would be in the best interests of my ward and the council if I was to step down.
"It has been a privilege to serve the Aire Valley with Lothersdale ward and the Craven district since I was first elected in 2000. I have enjoyed my time on the Council and I am grateful for the support of colleagues and officers. I wish the District every success in the future."
A resident of Bradley, Councillor Fairbank has recently served on the council's Select Committee and as vice-chairman of the Standards Committee. She has also been Member Champion for Older People since 2015.
Councillor Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: "We are very sorry to see Pat leave the council but I understand her reasons for doing so. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pat for all her hard work and dedicated service over the last 17 years, and to wish her all the best. She has shown great dedication to her parishes and she will be much missed at Craven District Council."
Councillor Fairbank's resignation takes effect from March 24, 2017. There will be a by-election in the Aire Valley with Lothersdale ward on May 4, 2017, to coincide with the North Yorkshire County Council elections.