New blood for council left in limbo
PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 September 2012
A PARISH council is being resurrected after being left with only two members earlier this year.
After a mass resignation at a meeting of Puxton Parish Council on May 30 the council was faced with the dilemma of having to fill five posts to complete its quorum – the minimum number of people needed for the council to be able to conduct business.
With two new councillors due to be sworn in at the council’s meeting tonight (Thurs), a by-election has been called to fill the remaining three posts.
Councillors had clashed over the past year and the disagreements between members culminated in a vote of no confidence tabled by Councillor Mark Hamlin against fellow representative Tom Dalley.
Clerk Colin Hill said the disagreements had been centred around how the council should deal with outside bodies such as the Environment Agency and North Somerset Council, as well as several planning applications which had been considered by the authority.
Chairman Andy McKenzie, Cllr Hamlin and colleagues Geoff Board and Jim Gilbody all resigned at May’s council meeting, while fellow councillor Michael Cunningham also stepped down due to health reasons.
That left only councillors Dalley and Chris Redding on the authority.
The council was left in limbo for several months until Peter Jones and Sue Popperwell applied for the posts, which they will formally take up at tonight’s meeting.
Mr Hill said if only three people applied then the by-election, scheduled for October 4, would not be needed.
If more than three apply then the by-election will take place, while if less than three come forward then those who applied would be welcomed onto the authority and fresh elections would be needed every 31 days until the quorum of seven councillors is achieved.
Mr Hill said: “It’s always difficult when a council falls in the middle of a session because there aren’t enough councillors for a quorum. But it’s not that unusual for parish councils to walk into this sort of situation.”
If you are interested in joining the council you can pick up a nomination paper by emailing clerk@puxtonparish council.org.uk
The deadline for applications is noon tomorrow (Fri).