Sleaford Town Council seeks to co-opt councillor

Ballot box.
Ballot box.

An extraordinary meeting of Sleaford Town Council today (Wednesday December 24) has opted to co-opt to fill a vacancy on the council.

Coun Luke Mitchell stepped down from being a member for Navigation Ward this month due to ill health and a meeting to decide to co-opt was held at the council offices in Carre Street.

Requests to be considered to fill this vacancy are invited and should be made to the Council Offices.

With the possibility of there being more than one applicant, the council states that it is important that it makes a fair and constructive decision, so applicants should supply brief details about themselves on the form available from the council offices. This will be regarded as an “Expression of Interest” in the vacancy.

A person is qualified to be a councillor if they meet the requirements under the Representation of the People Regulations, namely being: on the day of nomination or election 18 years old or over and they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen.

In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria: they are on the electoral register for the parish or during the whole of the 12 months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish or

their principal or only place of work has been in the parish; or the last 12 months they have lived within 4.8km of the boundary of Sleaford.

Certain people are disqualified from standing, these include paid officers (including the clerk) of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.

Expressions of interest should be received at the Town Council offices by the end of Monday January 19, 2015.

The Town Council will hope to co-opt a councillor at a meeting to be called on January 28.