Election for us in Draycott area

It is now clear that we will have a by-election of some sort here in Draycott-Cresswell-Totmonslow for the empty seat on the local area parish council.

The notice of election will be made public on March 2nd, which is when nominations will also start to be accepted.

What has happened is that, in the past fortnight, enough residents in this district have called for a democratic process – rather than leaving it to the council to choose among themselves who should fill the vacancy (which is what would have happened otherwise).
The vacancy was caused by the resignation of councillor Jacquie Leach last month.

We have already  been told that one person (the person who organised the election petition) is definitely going to put his name forward for the seat.

Headache

So far, so good, for democracy.

However, the sting in the tail is that by-elections are very expensive.
A by-election would have to be held, by law, if more than one person decides to stand.
Draycott Council has to foot the bill for any of its elections, and the Clerk to the council reckons the final cost for this one could be as high as £4000.  That is a huge sum – half what the council raises in council tax each year!

This is why area councillors are usually urged never to stand down (except in general election years, when things get cheaper).  A councillor who wants to resign is usually begged not to, unless they have a really powerful reason!

Leadership

So… unless all this money is to be drained away, some responsibility, from all of us, needs to be shown.

Could the council set up a small sub-group to try to meet all the candidates, and ask the candidates if they seriously want to stand?   The sub-group could even ask the candidates to talk among themselves, to perhaps come to an agreement among themselves about the one that is best suited to go forward?
After all, this is only a two-year tenure. There will be another (full) election to Draycott Parish Council in 2019.

One suggestion was that the council could try to get an election postponed until May (when the county-council election takes place), as joint elections are cheaper. However, May is just a tiny bit too late to satisfy the legal criteria, so that’s a no-go.

The council meets this Monday (20th February).  Let’s hope they have some ideas and show some leadership.
If you also have ideas, you can present them at the public participation session which takes place from 7.30-7.45.

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4 responses to “Election for us in Draycott area

  1. I wish you the best of luck Roger, although I don’t know yet who else is standing. I’m pretty sure you’d be a force to be reckoned with – and needed on this council
    Mrs Maureen Myers

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  2. The election is not being called because of a so called “grudge”.
    People simply do not trust how people are being co-opted on to our parish council. Some people also feel very let down by two councillors who openly admitted their support for the Blythe Business Park development. People from other Parishes are also concerned.
    Everyone has the right to their opinion, I don’t deny that, but they have to accept how this makes people feel – and the consequences, i.e a call for election.
    jleach2

    [EDITOR’s NOTE: There was a claim at the last Draycott Praish Council meeting that a group of people with a grudge against the council had connived to create this election – though this group was not named by the people who made the claim nor was any evidence put forward to support the claim.
    This is what the letter above refers to.]

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  3. Mr Editor, I have never heard as much drivel in my life.. Let us stop molly-coddling these people..
    Anyone can apply and stand (who live in the parish) as long as they apply.
    Which is least of two unwanted events – the democratic election or giving money to resurfacing Church Lane? I rest my case.
    People who know me, know that I call a spade a spade and get things done!
    So…come on, lets get this show on the road and stop pussyfooting around.
    Roger Leach

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