Vacancy for a Town Councillor

NOTICE UNDER LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1972 (Section 87(2))

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR. PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

 that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for CHURCH STRETTON TOWN COUNCIL, ALL STRETTON WARD, following the resignation on 3rd March 2016 of Councillor Janta Wheelhouse of Karuna, Picklescott, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6NT

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the Town [All Stretton Ward] in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends on WEDNESDAY 30TH MARCH 2016.                 .

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Town Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:

Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,

The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated 8TH March 2016

 

Signed ……

Marian Giles

Town Clerk

 

Address:-

Council Office
60 High Street
Church Stretton
Shropshire, SY6 6BY

 

*           There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [All Stretton Ward of] … Church Stretton Town, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

 

**             In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

 

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