Councillor steps down from borough council

A COUNCILLOR from Heage who wants to build a controversial egg production unit in Kirk Langley has resigned from her post.

Amber Valley Borough councillor for the Heage and Ambergate ward since 2005, Juliette Blake has stepped down because she claims her role as a borough council planning board member conflicted with her representing her constituents.

She will continue her role as both a Ripley town councillor and a Derbyshire county councillor.

In a statement released on Monday morning, January 24, she said: “I feel that in the interests of my family, personal and business interests, it is best for me not to remain on the borough council at this time.”

Cllr Blake, who was not due to seek re-election until May, 2012, would not comment on whether her resignation was a result of the planning application submitted in September. It proposed to build a 20-acre egg production plant at Hillside Farm in Kirk Langley. Nearby residents raised concerns about potential noise and smell from the plant, as well as Cllr Blake’s position on the planning board.The proposals are currently being reconsidered.

Assistant chief executive at Amber Valley Borough Council, John Grady said the council is planning to fill the seat when other elections will be held on May 5, to save the expense of holding a by-election now.