Nick quits over 8,000 mile move

Cllr Nick Arculus
Cllr Nick Arculus
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A high-flying Peterborough solicitor is leaving his role as a city councillor to work 8,000 miles away in the Falkland Islands.

Conservative Nick Arculus, who represents West Ward, said he has sent a letter of resignation to council chief executive Gillian Beasley to resign from his position.

Cllr Arculus, who remains in post until the resignation letter has been received, has been in the Falklands since February on a temporary secondment from Hunt & Coombs Solicitors.

However, he stated that when realising his absence from Peterborough would be longer than first thought, he decided at the end of March to stand down as a councillor and informed the council.

Cllr Arculus has not taken any of his allowance as a councillor during his time in the Falklands. As the chair of a scrutiny committee, he was entitled to over £11,600 a year.

A by-election in West Ward will now be held after the May elections with a date to be confirmed.

Since the start of February, Cllr Arculus has not attended any of the nine meetings he was expected to be present at, including three he was meant to chair, although he sent apologies of absence for all of them.

Cllr Arculus said he had an excellent attendance record before heading to the Falklands.

He added: “As a local resident and professional it has been a great privilege to represent the views of my neighbours and fellow ward residents since 2009.”

Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald said himself and Cllr Yasmeen Maqbool, who both represent West Ward, were able to cover for Cllr Arculus during his absence and that he had been available via phone and email.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “Councillor Arculus informed the council at the end of March that he intended to resign and we are awaiting his letter of resignation.”