A notice of vacancy has been published following the resignation of Derek Towl from the Town Council.
Mr Towl represented the Bude ward but has decided to leave because of ill-health. If ten or more local electors request an election by the 26th March, then it will be filled through that route, otherwise, it can be filled by co-option (the Town Council choosing a volunteer).
The initial vacancy process is overseen by Cornwall Council to which returns must be made, though the notices are issued by the Town Clerk and the Town Council pays Cornwall Council the cost of the by-election.
The Town Council was charged £5,498 for the last Bude ward by-election when costs were shared with the General Election. However, that is no reason to not follow the democratic process and an election is better than co-option (in my view).
A by-election is being held for a vacancy in the Stratton ward on Thursday 19th March.
There will be a full Council election in May 2021, when all the seats currently held will be vacated and subjected to the election process. Progress on the current vacancy will be published on the Town Council’s website https://www.bude-stratton.gov.uk/news-events/
Bob Willingham, Mayor BSTC said:
“I would like to thank Derek Towl for his commitment to Bude-Stratton Town Council, I’m sorry to see him leave.
His advice was always considered and helpful and his professional experience has been of great benefit to the council and he will be missed.”