Member axed after six-month absence will seek re-election
A CHEADLE town councillor who was kicked off the authority after failing to attend a single meeting in six months has vowed to stand for re-election.
Abigail Wilkinson was chosen to represent the North East ward of the town at elections in 2015.
But she has showed up to less than a quarter of meetings since then and none of a possible 11 since the council’s AGM in May.
The UKIP councillor’s attendance record has triggered automatic exclusion and the seat was formally declared vacant at a meeting on Monday night.
It will now be formally advertised and could lead to a co-option. But at least 10 requests for a vote would spark a by-election – at a cost to taxpayers of up to £4,000.
And Ms Wilkinson, who opened a beauty salon in Cheadle High Street earlier this year, has insisted she would put her name forward once more.
SEE THE FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK’S TIMES AND ECHO NEWSPAPERS OR SUBSCRIBE ONLINE WWW.TIMESECHOANDLIFE.CO.UK
We are the only family run, independent newspaper and magazine business in Staffordshire, established 1896. We are home to three weekly newspapers – The Cheadle and Tean Times (aka The Stunner), The Uttoxeter Echo and The Blythe and Forsbrook Times.
We also produce Peeps into the Past, a bi-monthly nostalgic glimpse into our photographic archives, and three bi-monthly glossy lifestyle magazines – Stone and Eccleshall Life, Leek Life and Newcastle Life.
T. 01538 752214 or 753162
18 Tape Street, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1BD
T. 01889 562479
5 Church Street, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8AG (Uttoxeter Office is a postal address only)