The trial of former Eden DC leader Colin Nineham has been delayed and moved.
Mr Nineham (right) faces charges relating to alleged fraud with waste disposal and recycling credits.
He has been prosecuted along with three other people by Cumbria CC trading standards officers.
The defendants had been expected to enter pleas earlier this month but that hearing was delayed as Cumbria had not submitted its full paperwork.
Judge Paul Batty has now agreed that, if any defendant pleads not guilty, a full trial will be moved from Carlisle to Preston so that the four do not face a jury of Cumbria taxpayers.
Mr Nineham (Ind) resigned from Eden in 2009 after serving a decade on the council and just over a year as leader. He is also a former Cumbria CC councillor.
The other defendants are Lynda Nineham, Ian Collingwood and Paul Andrew Wilson.