An independent candidate and a UK Independence Party member are standing in a Keighley Town Council by-election.

The poll for Fell Lane and Westburn ward will take place on April 17 to fill a seat left vacant by the death of former town councillor Brian Hudson in January.

The seat is being contested by independent candidate Mohammed Ansar Ali, , of Victoria Road, and UKIP candidate George Michael Firth, of Whin Knoll Avenue.

Mr Firth, 48, said: “Keighley needs a big boost economically. Waiting for central government to act on Keighley is a waste of time because it’s not listening.”

Mr Ali, 35, said: “I’m standing in the by-election as I believe in being an active member of the community and in working to achieve the best outcome for all local residents.

“One thing I can offer the people of Fell Lane and Westburn is a determination to help make a difference and to listen to and represent the views of residents from all sections of the community.”

Polling stations at Nessfield Primary School and the Scout headquarters in Holme Mill Lane, off Fell Lane, will be open between 7am and 10pm on the day.