Election could land village with £2,500 bill

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 March 2013

The election will be held in May.

The election will be held in May.

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A BY-ELECTION has been called in Bleadon following the resignation of three parish councillors.

Trevor Marshall, Brian Gamble and Pete Trevitt all resigned for personal reasons unrelated to their roles on the authority, and council clerk Bruce Poole said it was coincidence that all three departures came at once.

The by-election to fill Councillor Marshall’s seat was called after 14 people returned signatures to North Somerset Electoral Services requesting the election.

The next election for the full council is due to be held in May 2015 and the by-election is likely to cost Bleadon Parish Council around £1,000-2,000 with an additional £600 if poll cards are issued.

Residents have until April 9 to ask for elections to fill the seats of Cllr Gamble and Cllr Trevitt, but if 10 signatures are received on or before April 2 the elections could be held at the same time.

Mr Poole said the seats could have been filled by the casual vacancy process, where people would have applied to become councillors and been interviewed by the parish council.

He said: “The difficulty is that a small group of people has called for an election whereas it could have been filled quite easily by the parish council, which would have cost nothing. The election will cost the council at least £2,500. I doubt those who asked for the election knew how much it would cost.”

The election to fill Cllr Marshall’s seat is likely to take place at the beginning of May.

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