A Douglas councillor has resigned from his position.
Alan Quirk has decided to quit the council with immediate effect.
He represented Athol ward.
No reason was given for Mr Quirk’s decision in the press statement released by the council.
Mr Quirk declined to say why he’d made the decision when contacted by iomtoday.co.im. He cited ‘personal reasons’.
On the council’s website, Mr Quirk’s ‘mission statement’ reads: ‘As a Willaston man born and bred I pledge to represent the people of Athol Ward to the best of my ability; to be accessible and approachable, engage with residents, listen and respond to their concerns and work with fellow Members and officers to the benefit of the ratepayers of Douglas.’
In the council’s press statement, the leader of Douglas Council, Councillor David Christian, said: ‘While we accept that members’ circumstances can change at short notice it is, however, disappointing - for the council and for Athol Ward constituents - that Councillor Quirk has submitted his resignation, a move that also has a cost implication for Douglas ratepayers in that a by-election will have to be called should more than one nomination be received. ‘This will be the third time in some 15 months that a by-election may have to be held; the first, in Athol Ward, followed the sad death of Councillor Doreen Kinrade and the second, in St George’s Ward, when Councillor Christopher Thomas was elected to the House of Keys.
‘It will be the council’s intention to call for nominations as soon as practicable and, should more than one candidate come forward, to arrange for a bye-election to be held at the earliest possible occasion.
‘With the council’s new constitution still only in its infancy it is imperative that every effort be made to secure long-term consistency and continuity, to the benefit of not only Athol Ward but also the wider borough of Douglas community. To this end I would hope that should a bye-election be called turnout would be appreciably higher than has been the case of late, if we are to work in partnership with the electorate to respond to local needs and accelerate Douglas’s economic and social growth.’
Whoever wins the by-election will join Councillor Karen Angela and Councillor Stan Cain in representing the ward.
The details of the deadline for nominations are yet to be issued.