Three Sidmouth Town Council elections to be held – but not until next May
- Credit: Archant
An election is to be held to replace the Sidmouth town councillor for Salcombe Regis, David Barratt, who resigned for personal reasons in early August.
There will also be elections for the casual vacancies on the South and East wards, after councillors John Rayson and Louise Thompson stepped down, also for personal reasons, in June.
In all three cases, the Returning Officer has received the necessary number of signatures – at least 10 – asking for an election.
This means the vacancies cannot be filled through the co-option method, in which councillors vote on a replacement.
Cllr Barratt had served on the town council since 2010, Cllr Rayson became a member in 2015, and Cllr Thompson joined in 2019.
You may also want to watch:
But none of the elections can take place yet, because of the emergency legislation introduced in April in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It stated that no polls can be held until May 6 2021.
- 1 Sidmouth artist paints a picture of hope for the NHS
- 2 Nicola hoping to inspire Sidmouth slimmers through weight loss
- 3 'It’s amazing how much you take for granted and how much we have to be grateful for'
- 4 'Follow the spirit of the lockdown restrictions'
- 5 Commemorative elm tree planted to mark National Tree Warden scheme's 30th anniversary
- 6 Police chase driver facing jail for 90mph pursuit in country lanes
- 7 17th century chest from Ottery manor to be auctioned
- 8 Free Zoom workshop for parents, carers and professionals during Lockdown
- 9 Retired GP's 'curated anthology' of fly fishing experiences
- 10 £12,500 donated to lockdown laptops for schools appeal