VOTERS will have to go to the polls after a Fylde councillor stepped down.
Coun Peter Wood has said it is with “significant regret” he is giving up his seat on the council due to work duties.
The Heyhouses ward councillor – a member of the Conservative party – was only elected 12 months ago, but said he felt he had to stand aside for the good of his electorate.
Coun Wood said work commitments had become more pressing since the turn of the year.
He added: “It has been an absolute honour to serve on Fylde Council and I still remember the feeling of satisfaction, pride and responsibility on winning the election.
“So it is after a lot of soul searching and with significant regret I handed in my notice as the councillor for Heyhouses Ward.
“I know that standing and being elected is not a spectator sport and the people who got up and went out of their way to vote expected that I would represent them as best as I could.
“So when I couldn’t give that 100 per cent focus, I felt I had to stand aside for someone who would.”
The council will now need to hold a by-election for Coun Wood’s seat, although it is not yet known when this will take place.
Coun Wood added: “I truly think the work being done by Fylde Council under the Conservatives and new chief executive Allan Oldfield, has the potential to be a standard bearer for good performance and efficiency in local government.
“I wish to say thank you to my co-councillors, Viv Willder and Nigel Goodrich, both of them work really hard to do what is right for people.”
During his time on the council, Coun Wood was a member of the community focus scrutiny committee, and its chairman Coun Kiran Mulholland said: “Coun Wood’s resignation is very regretful and I will miss him on this committee.
“I thought he was a very capable young councillor.”