Stuart will not take up Mayor post

Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley Coun. Stuart Carefoot
Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley Coun. Stuart Carefoot

Longridge businessman and Ribble Valley councillor Stuart Carefoot will not be take up his position as the borough’s next mayor.

Coun Carefoot, who represents Derby and Thornley ward on the council and has been the borough’s deputy mayor for 2015-16, said he was stepping down from the role due to “health concerns of a family member.”

Coun Carefoot said Coun Joyce Holgate, who represents the Whalley ward, would now be taking up the role of mayor of the borough for 2016-17.

Last month Coun Carefoot stood down from Longridge Town Council after seven years, explaining the reason was due to “an unexpected health issue affecting a member of his family, the extent of which was still not clear.”