Vacant Town Council post to be filled via an election rather than co-option
Following the death of one of Hedge End’s Town Councillor’s in December and the publication of a co-option notice on the Hedge End Town Council website, an election notice has now been issued to fill the vacancy.
Provided sufficient candidates come forward, the Hedge End Wildern by-election will be held on Thursday 13th February, with the Polling Station open from 7am until 10pm.
Often these vacancies are filled by co-option, with the Town Councillors deciding who they want to appoint to the vacancy, but the regulations are such that if sufficient residents give notice to the Returning Officer a by-election is held. Upholding the promise that Labour made when I interviewed Andrew Helps last year, The Hedge End, West End and Botley Labour party have organised the necessary signatures and are keen to contest the by-election, so that Hedge Ender’s have a choice about who represents them.
Prior to the death of Cllr June Watson, Hedge End Town Council comprised twenty Lib Dem Councillors and one Independent, Cllr Keith Day. As has previously been reported on Eastleigh News, this has made it difficult to get certain matters discussed at Full Council. The standing orders are such that if there’s no seconder for an opposition motion, it cannot be discussed in Full Council and with Cllr Keith Day being the sole member of the opposition, the Lib Dems can easily avoid any discussions that they don’t want to have…
The deadline for the receipt of nominations for candidates in this election is midday on 17th January. The nomination forms can be obtained from the Electoral Dept at the Civic Offices. When completed, they should be taken to the Civic Offices and handed to a member of the Electoral Dept, rather than posted. You do not need to be a member of a political party to stand for election to the Town Council and you do not need to provide a deposit. Provided you meet the eligibility criteria, all you need in order to become a candidate is the signature of a proposer and a seconder on your nomination papers.
The full list of candidates will be published on Tuesday 21st January.
Hedge Ender Ray Hall, who stood for the Beer, Baccy & Crumpet party in the 2012 Eastleigh By-election, has told Eastleigh News that he has considered his position and will not be standing for the Town Council. His plans extend to the European elections later this year, and the 2015 General Election…
The Author of this post will be standing as an Independent Candidate in the by-election for the Wildern ward of Hedge End Town Council, to be held on 13th Feb 2013. Promoted by: Ray Turner [Independent], 20 New Cliffe Gardens, Hedge End SO30 4AH. Published by: Eastleigh News, 7 Northlands Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AW’.