Vacancy after parish councillor resigns

Members of the public have 14 days during which they can try to force a by-election, otherwise the council can appoint a new councillor. Picture: Stephen Goodger
Members of the public have 14 days during which they can try to force a by-election, otherwise the council can appoint a new councillor. Picture: Stephen Goodger

Lancing parish councillor Ray McLeod has resigned due work and family commitments.

The news was announced at a meeting of Lancing Parish Council at the Parish Hall in South Street last night.

His departure leaves a vacancy on the council which must be filled in the near future, rather than waiting for the next scheduled eletions.

The resignation triggers a period of 14 working days, starting today, during which the vacancy must be advertised.

During this time if the parish council receives a notice signed by 12 electors then an election must then be held, otherwise the council can appoint (co-opt) a new councillor to fill the position.

Mr Mcleod was elected councillor for Churchill ward in the local elections in May and had been due to serve until 2020.

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