By-election after death of George

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A by-election in Codnor and Waingroves will be held on Thursday, August 1, following the death of councillor George Parkes.

Four candidates will contest the seat to elect an Amber Valley borough councillor, but because it is a by-election, the ward will be up for election again in May 2014. The candidates are Keith Falconbridge (Lib Dem); Ron Ashton (Con), Isobel Harry (Lab) and Garry Smith (UKIP).

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm at Peverel House, Mill Lane, Codnor, DE5 9QF and at the Community Centre on Church Street, Waingroves, DE5 9TF.

Cllr Parkes, who lived on Heanor Road in the village, died in May, aged 68 following a lengthy battle with cancer. The grandfather-of-five left behind his wife of 32 years Molly, three children and two step-children.

Cllr Parkes had served as chairman of Codnor Parish Council for six years and was elected to Amber Valley Borough Council for the Codnor and Waingroves area in 2010. Among his achievements in local politics, he was instrumental in seeing the mining wheel monument installed in his home village and in securing new sports facilities at the recreation ground off Goose Lane.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills said: “I was very saddened to hear of the death of cllr George Parkes. I have great respect for the work he did for the people of Codnor and Waingroves as a councillor and also in the other local organisations he supported.”