Seaton’s stand-in town clerk resigns

Philip Higginson forced to give up his temporary council post for health reasons

SEATON’S stand-in town clerk has resigned for health reasons.

Philip Higginson, stood down from his town hall post, after revealing he is to undergo a heart bypass operation.

He took over as temporary town clerk after the council suspended David Mears, in February, pending an investigation - the details of which were never revealed.

Mr Mears subsequently resigned from his post, which has now been advertised.

Mr Higginson told The Herald he was confident a full time replacement would be found by September.

In the meantime he said he had no choice but to stand down ahead of his hospital admission.

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