Honiton mayor determined to keep his seat amid petition to disband town council

The Beehive in Honiton. Inset: Cllr John Zarczynski.

The Beehive in Honiton. Inset: Cllr John Zarczynski. - Credit: Archant

Emergency councillors could be drafted in to lead Honiton Town Council if a petition to dissolve the authority is successful.

The petition was launched by a group calling itself 'Honiton Residents', and is demanding that all town councillors resign from the council to allow for a new election to take place.

However, the petition looks set to fail - as town mayor Councillor John Zarczynski has resolutely stated he will not relinquish his seat.

When asked by the Herald, Cllr Zarczynski said: "No, why should I?"

Cllr Zarczynski said a very small group of people in Honiton are spreading 'misinformation' around the town to discredit the council, and personal agendas are being publicised on social media platforms.

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Accusation have been aired of infighting and bullying in the council, but Cllr Zarczynski said the only bullying taking place is by a handful of people on social media.

He said: "This petition has been inspired by people not knowing the true facts and stems from the misinformation they have been fed."

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A spokesman for East Devon District Council said: "If Honiton Town Council were to become inquorate then there is a procedure which would allow East Devon District Council to appoint temporary councillors who would be in office while a new set of elections were taking place."

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