Community leaders have decided to not yet advertise for casual vacancies which have become available on their council. The decision to defer the co-opting of two casual vacancies on the Cheadle Town Council was made at the council's virtual meeting on Monday (February 1).
Community leaders have decided to not yet advertise for casual vacancies which have become available on their council.
The decision to defer the co-opting of two casual vacancies on the Cheadle Town Council was made at the council’s virtual meeting on Monday (February 1).
One position in Cheadle North East Ward became vacant following the passing of councillor Ian Whitehouse, who sadly passed away on November 30; while the vacancy in the Cheadle South East Ward became available when former councillor Peter Elkin decided to step down to retire in December.
Last week, we reported that there are also casual vacancies for the same wards on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) which are being advertised on the district council’s website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/elections.
Members of Cheadle Town Council discussed the vacancies on their council after receiving letters from SMDC requesting that they “consider whether they wish to advertise the vacancies for co-option.”
It was noted on the meeting agenda that no official applications for the vacancies had yet been received.
Councillor Paulette Upton said: “At the moment, I don’t think we should co-opt, purely as it’s difficult doing these meetings, and we have got a lot going on with the projects. There’s too much going on.”
However, councillor Greg Powell said: “I think we should advertise as we are low on numbers. And with this consultation (the Cheadle Town Centre Projects), we should get more people on the council.”
Councillor Ron Locker backed cllr Upton and said: “I second councillor Upton. We should see what happens with the May elections. There’s too much going on.”
Councillor Ray Wood said: “Councillor Powell says to bring more councillors in – more is not always better. We have a lot of co-opted councillors on here as it is. We need them to be voted in.”
Councillor Liz Whitehouse then went on to support cllr Powell. She said: “If someone is willing to come on to the council then we should have more people on definitely.”
The decision whether to defer the co-option until May then went to vote with 11 voting for the deferral, and two voting against.
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