SKIPTON Town Council is to 'co-opt' a new member following the death in July of Councillor Martin Emmerson.

In the absence of a written request to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy in the south ward, including Middletown, Greatwood and Horse Close, it will be up to the remaining councillors to appoint a new member.

Dave Parker, chief officer, said: “The first stage of the co-option process is where the council invites expressions of interest from any member of the public interested in becoming a councillor to fill the vacancy. If anyone is interested in putting themselves forward, all they need to do is to get in touch before the end of September.”

The co-opted member will work alongside three other councillors representing the south ward, helping to oversee the work of the council.

If more than one person is interested in the vacancy, the co-option will be decided by a vote amongst the other 15 Councillors at an additional meeting on October 17.

The successful candidate will have the same rights, duties and responsibilities as any other councillor – and will serve until the next scheduled elections in May 2023.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and be on the electoral register for the south ward, or have lived or worked there for the last year. Applicants do not need to belong to any political party.

Mr Parker said: “I would actively encourage anyone who is interested to put themselves forward. The council undertakes an important role within the community of Skipton – and, as a councillor, you can play an equally important role in shaping what the council does.

"We will, of course, guide applicants through the co-option process but all we need initially is to know that you’re interested.”

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward should do so, in writing to: Dave Parker, Chief Officer, Skipton Town Council, Town Hall, Skipton, BD23 1FD – or by email to The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on September 30.