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Former mayor ‘will feel lost’ after resigning from council

A vacancy has arisen on Driffield Town Council following the resignation of Councillor Amanda Croft following a six-month sabbatical.

Cllr Croft joined the council in May 2015, gaining the most votes ever in a local election.

Colleagues described her as an “active” councillor and over the last seven years she has dedicated her time to supporting the young people of the town and has worked hard to raise funds for the refurbishment of St Margaret’s Close Play Area.

Having been elected the youngest ever Driffield mayor in 2019, she went on to break further records by becoming the first member since the council’s inception in 1981 to be mayor for two consecutive years when she led the council through the pandemic and, through her fundraising efforts, she raised just short of £4.000 for children and young people in Hull and East Riding, the most money a mayor has ever raised.

In 2019, she successfully achieved an ambition she held from being four years old to switch on the Christmas lights.

Having been involved in a whole host of projects in the town, she said she feels proud of “being a hands-on councillor who was always willing to help and support events”.

However, after a busy few years, and with an emotionally and physically demanding job, Cllr Croft felt something had to give and made the difficult decision to leave the council.

She said: “Leaving the council hasn’t been a decision which has been made lightly, it has been part of my identity for most of my adult life so far and at times I know I am going to feel lost without it.

“I want to continue to support the St Margaret’s play area development as well as continuing the working relationship that has been built up with Driffield Youth Action.

“Many thanks to all at Driffield Town Council, both past and present, and the numerous organisations I have worked alongside in my time as Cllr Amanda Croft.”

Paying tribute to her contribution to the council, town clerk Claire Binnington said: “Everyone at Driffield Town Council would like to thank Amanda for her dedication and commitment to Driffield Town Council over the years and wish her every success in the future.

“Amanda spearheaded many of our initiatives and steered us admirably through two years of great uncertainty and challenge, and also despite her second year as mayor being blighted with social distancing laws and bans on public gatherings, still managed to raise thousands of pounds for her various chosen charities during her time at the helm.”

Current mayor, Cllr Mark Blakeston added: “Amanda was always a very enthusiastic member of the council, her affinity with the young people of the town made her invaluable in the progression of Driffield Youth Action and pushing forward St Margaret’s Close Play Area refurbishment.”

In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on 4th May 2023.

However, the vacancy for the position may be filled by co-option.

Applications for the position should be made in writing to be sent prior to 1st December to townclerk@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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