A Conservative Councillor who had attended just two Council meetings since being elected in May 2011, has resigned from Bradley Stoke Town Council.
Barry Mitchell, who held one of two seats assigned to the Meadowbank parish ward, says he made the decision for “personal reasons” after finding he didn’t have the time to carry out his civic responsibilities.
Speaking to The Journal, Mr Mitchell, a self-employed taxi driver, said:
“It was a difficult decision made for personal and professional reasons.”
“I felt I couldn’t commit enough time to carry out my responsibilities and didn’t want to let anyone down.”
He added that he would continue to support the Conservatives by offering to deliver leaflets for them “for the foreseeable future”.
A notice advertising a ‘casual’ Councillor vacancy was posted on the Town Council website last Friday. A by-election could potentially be held to fill the vacancy, but only if ten people call for one before 26th July. Otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by ‘co-option’, a process in which the remaining Councillors appoint a person of their own choosing.
In the May 2011 elections, the Conservatives won all 15 seats on Bradley Stoke Town Council. Following the latest resignation and two earlier defections, the Council is presently made up of twelve Conservatives and two UKIP members.
Two previous Town Councillor resignations in Bradley Stoke, in 2008 and 2009 (both also in the Meadowbank ward) resulted in by-elections being held, each costing local taxpayers several thousand pounds.
The resignation of Caroline Charlton (Conservative) in 2008, led to Jon Williams (Lib Dem) returning to the Town Council, after defeating Paul Turner (Conservative) in a by-election.
David Skeet’s (Conservative) resignation in 2009 saw him replaced with fellow Stoke Gifford resident Ernie Brown (Conservative), who beat Sachin Singhal (Lib Dem) at the ballot box.
Jon Williams subsequently failed to gain re-election to the Town Council in the May 2011 elections, while Ernie Brown chose to contest a seat in Stoke Gifford, where he now chairs the Parish Council.
Photo: Newly-elected Councillors at the AGM of Bradley Stoke Town Council in May 2011 (Barry Mitchell did not attend).
Mr Mitchell took four months to attend his first Council meeting following his election in May 2011 – that was the meeting of Full Council on 21st September 2011. The only other meeting he attended was Full Council on 18th January 2012, where the minutes record that he left shortly after the meeting had commenced.
The Meadowbank parish ward includes, amongst other roads, Kemperleye Way, Hawkins Crescent, Snowberry Close and Diana Gardens.
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- Town council publishes Annual Report for 2012/13 - April 22nd, 2013
- Town council by-election will be three-way fight - April 17th, 2013
- UKIP calls for by-election to fill vacant town council seat - April 4th, 2013