TOTTERIDGE councillor Joel Foley confirmed this week he will be stepping down from his seat at Wycombe District Council.

The Conservative has resigned after three years in office. A by-election will take place on May 6, the mooted date for the General Election.

Cllr Joel Foley, 27, said: “I am moving away from Totteridge. I do want to apologise to everyone as I said to my constituents I would represent you for four years and I haven't done that.

“I do feel I have worked hard for you in the three years I have been in office.

“Being as I am moving away from the area I think it is best for Totteridge to have a local councillor living in Totteridge. It wouldn't be right for me to carry on.”

He added that he would encourage other young candidates to step forward and for constituents to give them a chance, as they gave him a chance.

The Liberal Democrats won the other seat last year in a by-election following the death of Labour councillor Glyn Galbraith.

Councillor Steve Guy, who won that seat, said the party will field a candidate and they will be announced on Thursday.

He said: "I am really hopeful that we can have a Liberal Democrat colleague in the ward."

The Wycombe Labour party said it intended to field a candidate.

Spokesman for WDC Catherine Spalton said: “A notice of vacancy was published on Friday 26 March and a by-election was formally requested on Monday 29 March.”

A by-election will be held on Thursday May 6. Any nominations must be received by the returning officer by 12pm on Thursday April 8. Call 01494421180 for further details.