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By-election called for Downham town council seat

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A by-election will take place next month to fill a vacant seat on the troubled Downham Town Council, officials have announced today.

The authority has been plunged into further turmoil in recent weeks amid continuing rows over the future of its market and attempts to revoke the licences of two traders.

And, earlier this week, a public meeting heard calls for councillors to be "voted out" of office.

Downham Market Town Hall. (45992042)
Downham Market Town Hall. (45992042)

Now, nominations have opened for a contest in the Downham South ward, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 28.

A formal notice of election was issued by West Norfolk Council election officials yesterday.

And anyone who intends to stand must submit their nomination papers to the borough authority by 4pm next Friday, October 1, at the latest.

The borough council says nominations will only be accepted by appointments, which should be arranged by phoning its Electoral Services unit on 01553 616773.

Meanwhile, residents have until October 12 to ensure they are registered to vote in the election.

Five new councillors were elected to the town authority at by-elections held in May, alongside the Norfolk County Council contests.

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