Chance to be co-opted onto Honiton Town Council

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2017

Residents are being given the chance to put themselves forward to become a co-opted town councillor.

Residents are being given the chance to put themselves forward to become a co-opted town councillor.

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There are several vacancies on the authority, which saw one fifth of its members resign in 48 hours earlier this year.

Members of Honiton’s community are being urged to put themselves forward for a spot on the town council.

There are several vacancies on the authority, which saw one fifth of its members resign in 48 hours earlier this year.

The collapse started with the shock resignation of newly-appointed mayor Ashley Delasalle, followed by the resignations of Luke Harvey-Ingram, former mayor Peter Halse, David Perkins, Graham Smith and former deputy mayor Jackie Wadsworth.

Since the exodus, the council has slowly been rebuilding itself, but there are still many vacancies to fill.

Now, it has been granted authority to fill the vacancies by co-option - a process where eligible members of the community can put themselves forward for appointment by the council to fill a vacancy until its next elections take place.

To be eligible for co-option, a person must live or work within three miles of the town boundary, be of good character and be willing to attend council meetings and work with elected councillors to take collective decisions in relation to the authority’s business.

Anyone interested in being considered for a role as a co-opted councillor should write to the acting town clerk by Wednesday, November 22, providing brief details about themselves and confirming that they meet the residence criteria.

All applicants at that time will be invited to a town council meeting shortly thereafter.

They will be asked to make a short statement to the council saying why they wish to be considered for co-option, following which councillors may ask some questions.

The council will then consider all candidates and vote to decide who they will co-opt.

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