Two vacancies have arisen on the Parish Council as a result of councillors Peter Deverill and Pat Knight standing down.
If local voters wish to have an election to fill this position then at least 10 voters need to submit a request to the Daventry District Council Returning Officer. If fewer than 10 voters make such a request the Parish Council will co-opt a new member without an election.
There are two formal notices, one for each post. Each Notice of Vacancy details the time limits (14 days after this notice is posted), effect of the current Covid-19 regulations (any election would, under current legislation be postponed until 6th May 2021) and how to contact the Returning Officer.
These formal notices are in PDF image format because they contain the signature of the Parish Clerk. As such they do not conform to our accessibility standards. The text of the notices is as shown below. If you wish to see the original, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Text of Formal Notice
WOODFORD cum MEMBRIS PARISH COUNCIL
WOODFORD PARISH WARD
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY
I hereby give notice of a vacancy for a Parish Councillor arising from the resignation of Councillor.
PETER DEVERILL / PAT KNIGHT
Unless ten electors of the Parish give written notice to the *Proper Officer of the District Council within 14 days# after the date of this notice requesting an election to fill this vacancy, the Parish Council may be able to fill the vacancy by co-option.
Where ten valid requests for a bye-election are received by the Proper Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the bye-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the bye-election is held.
The 2020 Regulations provide for the bye-election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.
Signed: Gary Smith, Parish Clerk
Dated: 26th October 2020.
* The Proper Officer of the District Council, Elections Section, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP
# Excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and bank holidays.