A by-election is looking increasingly likely for the seat on Bradley Stoke Town Council left vacant by the resignation of a Councillor last month.
The Returning Officer at South Gloucestershire Council has today issued a notice of election for the vacant seat representing the Meadowbank parish ward, previously held by Barry Mitchell (Conservative).
Mr Mitchell, elected in May 2011, quit the Town Council after finding he didn’t have the time to carry out his civic responsibilities. He later told The Journal that it had been a difficult decision made for “personal and professional reasons”.
During his 13-months in office Mr Mitchell, a self-employed taxi driver, managed to attend just two Council meetings.
Candidate nominations must be made by noon next Thursday (9th August) and, if more than one nomination is received, an election will take place on Thursday 6th September.
Local resident ‘Neil’. who had expressed an interest in filling the vacancy in a comment on the Journal’s story announcing Mr Mitchell’s resignation, said he had decided against forcing an election, adding that he presumed local UKIP supporters had done so.
UKIP Councillors currently hold three of the 15 seats on the Town Council, all of which resulted from defections of Councillors elected as Conservatives.
A list of the persons nominated to contest the vacancy is due to be published on Monday 13th August.
The Meadowbank parish ward includes, amongst other roads, Kemperleye Way, Hawkins Crescent, Snowberry Close and Diana Gardens.
Staging the by-election is likely to cost Bradley Stoke taxpayers in excess of £3,000. It is believed that around 2,250 people will be entitled to vote, although parish by-elections typically have a turnout of less than 30%.
Do you live in the Meadowbank parish ward? Check out the interactive map of parish ward boundaries on The Journal’s Contact your Councillor page.
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