A casual vacancy has been declared and an election will be held if 10 electors give notice in writing to the returning officer within 14 days, starting on 12 February.
Failing that the vacancy can be filled by co-option.
The legal requirements:
.......Claiming a Poll
Proper notification of the vacancy is essential because, on such vacancy occurring in the office of Parish Councillor, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held if, within fourteen days (this is calculated by excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, bank holidays and days appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning – Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006) after public notice of the vacancy has been given, notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given to the returning officer by ten electors for the area. If the parish council is warded, the request must come from ten electors within the relevant ward.
If no such request is received within the time stipulated, the parish council must fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as practicable (see below).
Once an election has been requested, however, the vacancy must be filled by election and the Council cannot fill it by co-option, even if there are insufficient candidates. An election must be held within sixty days (calculated as above) of the date of the public notice of the vacancy......
Let's hope there are a number of potential candidates rather than filling the vacancy by co-option - that would be a recipe for complacency and in my view, damages the democratic process.
Remember Parish and Town Councils are the most immediate level of local government. And in the right hands, they can be energetic, imaginative and the source of exciting local initiatives.
Formby deserves the right sort of candidates. Could you be one?
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically burnt palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.
In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as "giving up" certain luxuries in order to "replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days." Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw themselves near to God.
The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ's carrying the Cross and of his execution, are often observed. Many Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches remove flowers from their altars, while crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious symbols are often veiled in violet fabrics in solemn observance of the event. Throughout Christendom, some adherents mark the season with the traditional abstention from the consumption of meat, most notably among Roman Catholics.
Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter. The day falls on a different date each year because Easter also occurs on different dates.
Why is it considered so important in the life of local Christians?
Essentially it mirrors the period Jesus spent in the desert before commencing his ministry. For many people from most religious traditions, periods of prayer, fasting and quiet meditation are an essential aspect of their faith life.
Contrary to some uninformed assertions Shrove Tuesday does not mark the start of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent.
At this time of the year, high tides and strong winds frequently result in piles of 'flotsam and jetsam' strewn across our beach. Can you help Friends of the Sefton Coast' keep it safe and clean?
If you'd like to join the Friends of the Sefton Coast for a beach clean at Ainsdale, a number of monthly events are planned for the coming months. Litter picking events will take place on: Friday, February 16th, 1-3pm. Friday, March 16th, 1-3pm. Friday, April 27th, 10.30am-1pm. Friday, May 25th, 10.30am-1pm. Friday, June 22nd, 10.30am-1pm. Meeting point for these events is Ainsdale Discovery Centre, The Promenade, Ainsdale. PR8 2QB.
For more details about becoming a Friends of the Sefton Coast volunteer, please call Sefton's coast and countryside team on 0151 934 2967