VACANCY FOR TOWN COUNCILLOR FOLLOWING RESIGNATION

A vacancy has arisen for a councillor at Crewkerne Town Council, following the resignation of Councillor Anthony Vaughan. The Council is looking to fill the position with someone who has energy, passion, ideas and commitment. They must also be able to attend three evening meetings per month, which are usually held on Mondays as well as participating in various working groups. The merits of serving on Crewkerne Town Council as a spokesperson pointed out are: “In return you will get the opportunity to help shape the future of this great town and get involved in some exciting initiatives, such as the development of a Neighbourhood Plan and the ideas being generated by the newly formed Environment Working Group.”

Anyone considering putting themselves forward to serve as a town councillor, must be at least 18 years of age and lived in the parish of Crewkerne or within three miles, or classed Crewkerne as their principle place of work, for the whole 12 months prior to the day of their nomination. The successful candidate will be co-opted to Crewkerne Town Council to serve for the remainder of the four year term, which will end in May 2023. No requests for a by-election had been received by the Returning Officer at South Somerset District Council by midnight on October 14th, after the expiry of the required fourteen days notice, first announced on September 24th on the Crewkerne Town Council website and on the notice board outside of the Town Hall. With the required time having elapsed, the Town Council are now free to co-opt a suitable candidate to fill the position.

In the Open Forum of the meeting of the Full Town Council on October 28th, a former town councillor Peter Chard requested clarification as to where the vacancy had been advertised as he had not seen it in the local Press or been aware of it. Mr Chard was advised by Town Clerk, Peter Davidson: “We let SSDC know and followed the usual process of letting people know. We did the due process required.” Councillors agreed to invite the candidates who were unsuccessful in the Parish Council Elections for Crewkerne on May 2nd this year, to apply in addition to welcoming applications from those within the community who fulfilled the required residential criteria. Applications must be received by the end of November. The new town councillor will be co-opted to serve on Crewkerne Town Council at the end of January 2020. For more information please email towncouncil@crewkerne-tc.gov.uk or telephone 01460 74001.

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