Despite relocating to the Dominican Republic, Wear Valley District Council member Stephen Gregory is holding onto his Bishop Auckland ward seat.
Although he is breaking no rules, his constituents claim that he cannot represent them effectively from so far away. Amid rumours that he will resign before Christmas, Gregory has so far failed to respond to Planning's attempts to contact him.
Gregory was originally elected in 1999 as a Liberal Democrat but become an independent candidate in 2002. He must attend at least one council meeting every six months if he is to remain eligible for his £4,500 annual allowance. With only three council meetings left between now and 7 January, time is running out fast.