It seems that Bude & Stratton has lost its town clerk, for there is currently a temporary one in position. Donna Bennett has made way for Keith Cornwell.
What is a little peculiar is that no one seems to know why. Well, obviously someone does, but no one is saying. The clerk is the council’s principal executive and adviser, an unelected officer, so not an insignificant position, and well paid at that.
She/he is an independent and unbiased employee of the council, keeping things procedurally correct and legal. The clerk is, among other things, responsible for implementing council policy, ensuring the council acts within the law, advising the council on all aspects of its work and may have delegated powers of decision-making, especially in urgent situations. So, it is a massively responsible role.
It is the clerk who prepares and posts notices, writes agendas and minutes, keeps the council’s records, deals with correspondence, arranges the council’s insurance and issues the precept. All in all a key role. In the interests of openness and transparency, it would, therefore, be interesting and appropriate to know what has happened in Bude-Stratton Town Council. I have asked the question.