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Stalwart councillor resigns due to ill health
BBC Local Live, Yorkshire
After 17 years of serving the Aire Valley and Lothersdale, Councillor Patricia Fairbank has announced she's stepping down due to ill health.
She's been a member of Craven District Council since being elected in 2000.
She says it's been a privilege to serve the area but "due to continuing ill health I'm finding it difficult to carry out my duties. It is best for the ward if I step down".
Due to continuing ill health I'm finding it difficult to carry out my duties"
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'.
There'll be a by-election in the Aire Valley with Lothersdale ward on 4 May to coincide with the North Yorkshire County Council elections.
Conservatives hold Cravenstandard
The Conservatives have won two seats to extend their control over Craven District Council.
Labour and UKIP both picked up one seat each and the Lib Dems lost one.
The final standings are Conservatives 20, independents six, Labour two, Lib Dems one and UKIP one.
Tories in controlstandard
The Press Association is reporting the Conservatives have retained control of Craven District Council, where they have 18 seats out of 27, after gaining a seat from the Liberal Democrats.