Michelle in frame for by-election nomination

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A HUNMANBY woman has applied to fill the Hertford ward void on Scarborough Council.

Michelle Donohue Moncrieff - the current chairman of Hunmanby Parish Council - has come forward to replace Nick Harvey on the borough authority.

Ms Donohue-Moncrieff, 37, will stand as the Conservative candidate in a by-election next month.

A governor at Hunmanby Primary School and a leading vocal campaigner against the Banks wind farm development, she has also fought for the village to retain its library.

A former member of Reighton Parish Council, Michelle said she knows the area well and was committed to driving down housing problems and helping people in the economic downturn.

She said: “The problem of empty properties should be tackled before building new houses.

“I have also had personal experience of the difficulties faced by companies affected by the recession.”

A mechanical engineering graduate, Michelle also worked for a company providing panels for the Olympic Stadium.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, leader of the Conservative Group on Scarborough Council, added: “Michelle is an excellent candidate whose wealth of knowledge and experience in the Hertford ward will be a great asset to the residents and the council.

“She will be a strong voice for the villages as she has already proved in the issues in which she has been involved in recent months.”

The by-election will be held on Thursday, March 15.

Nominations are now being invited and packs are available by contacting (01723) 232309.

Completed papers must be returned to the Returning Officer, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG no later than noon on Friday, February 17.

The deadline for anyone not already registered to vote is Wednesday, February 29.