Another member quits town council

Market Rasen Town Sign EMN-140729-123350001
Market Rasen Town Sign EMN-140729-123350001

Market Rasen Town Council has lost yet another councillor, with the surprise resignation of Steve Lingard.

The former policeman, who now works for the post office, gave notice just over a week ago week, leaving the town council with three outstanding vacancies.

A council notice dated July 22 says town residents have until August 11 to request an election, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

Already the council is seeking replacements for the disgraced member David Strachan, who was recently sentenced to two years prison for fraud. It also has a vacancy to replace Lynda Bowen, who also stood down earlier this year.

“He’s been a councillor for four years. He’s been a conscientious member of the group. I am sorry to see him go,” said Town Mayor John Matthews

Mayor Matthews declined to say why Steve Lingard had quit but said involvement in the council can take time, which those in full-time work may not be able to commit to.

He added the council does not have a problem keeping councillors as many of “the other guys have been around for a long time.”

Steve Lingard was unavailable for comment.