Formby Parish Councillor Mike Coles Resigns.
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?