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A questionable butterfly

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Lynne
Lynne
19 Apr 2017 08:58

And on the subject of elections..........

Anyone know when this will take place? And who is in the running?

Just idle curiosity really on my part as I've just looked on the town council website and the last meeting showing as being scheduled to take place was on the 12th of this month (ie last week). 

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
19 Apr 2017 20:22

The nomination(s) and election of the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor is scheduled to take place at the Dawlish Town Council meeting on May 3rd. The various committees and representations on external bodies will also be formally proposed (and hopefully agreed) at the same meeting.

 

As you have correctly pointed out on another thread Lynne, two councillors have recently resigned. How and when these vacancies will be filled is as yet unknown.

Lynne
Lynne
19 Apr 2017 20:50

From TDC's website:

 

Casual vacancies

Parish and Town Council vacancies

If a seat becomes vacant on a Parish or Town Council, the Clerk is required to give public notice of it. To call an election, 10 or more electors for the electoral area need to make a request, in writing, and within 14 working days of the date of the notice. The request or requests must be sent to the Proper Officer of the District Council. If enough requests are received the Returning Officer will set the date of the election which must be within 60 days of the date of the notice of vacancy. If enough requests have not been received by the due date, the Town or Parish Council is allowed to make their own arrangements to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Lynne
Lynne
20 Apr 2017 11:19

If you click on this link

http://www.dawlish.gov.uk/documents.php

and then scroll down you will see a heading 'Other' concerning the 2 x casual vacancies caused by the resignation of Cllrs John and Linda Petherick.

If you click on the link at 'Other' (it won't let me post it) you will find details about how these two vacancies can be filled.

The deadline for nominations for those seeking election is 10th May 2017. If there are no nominations the council will try and fill the vacancies by way of co-option.

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
22 Apr 2017 08:15

You have asked who is in the running Lynne.

 

It is customary for the serving Deputy Mayor to take over the reigns from the departing Mayor unopposed (with the Independents/Lib Dems and the Conservatives effectively taking turns to hold office, as the 50/50 share of Town Council seats has allowed) however, while it would be irregular, it would not be impossible for a 'rival' candidate to come forward.

 

On this occasion we have a departing Conservative Mayor and a Lib Dem Deputy Mayor. Given that the Council has sadly just lost the services of two very good Independent Councillors, if protocol is not observed and a rival Conservative Mayoral candidate does emerge, it is quite possible the majority now afforded the Conservatives could result in an upset.

 

It is to be hoped that under such circumstances, the outgoing Mayor - who has made a point of saying that she 'does not do politics' - will do the right thing if a tied decision dictates the use of the Mayor's casting vote.

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HuwMatthews2
HuwMatthews2
22 Apr 2017 10:30

Irregular but not unprecedented. Graham Price was ousted by the Voicesw For Dawlish crowd a few years ago.

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Lynne
Lynne
22 Apr 2017 11:22

So who was elected as Mayor instead of Graham Price? 

HuwMatthews2
HuwMatthews2
22 Apr 2017 11:30

Ooooh, now you're asking......Um.......John Petherick I think.

Lynne
Lynne
22 Apr 2017 12:05

enlightened..............?

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
22 Apr 2017 12:12

The 'crowd' that saved the Manor House for Dawlish?

Lynne
Lynne
22 Apr 2017 13:08

Ah yes! I remember now. 

I also remember, now that this is all being stirred up from the depths of what is left of my ever ageing brain, Linda Petherick saying at the time (2011) that because some in the town disagreed with John being mayor (and she being the mayoress) that she and John had nasty names called at them in the street.  I think she also said something about being spat at.

Can't remember where it was I read all that but I am as certain as I can be that I haven't imagined it. 

   

 

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HuwMatthews2
HuwMatthews2
22 Apr 2017 13:26

Would've made a good Wetherspoons. They could have called it 'The Money Pit' maybe.

 

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Lynne
Lynne
22 Apr 2017 13:34

But the people of Dawlish spoke -  and they wanted it saved.

And we all know that the will of the people must be obeyed..........

 

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
22 Apr 2017 14:01

And saved to good effect, Lynne. But no need to take just my word for it, Cllr Humphrey Clemens (current Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee on Dawlish Town Council) has much to say about the Manor House (and the take over of the former Hedley Centre, nka the Riverside Centre) in his annual report in this week's Gazette.

 

You can find his report (and others)  on page 3 in the article 'Mayor Angela: It's been a fantastic year'.

Indy Scot
Indy Scot
24 Apr 2017 14:44

Hello,

 

new here, but quite confused. if normal protocol is for the deputy mayor to become the next mayor (as highlighted by @Gary Taylor) then why in this case is there an election instead?

 

@HuwMatthews2 mentioned how mr price was ousted by voices of dawlish and that it was an irregular but not unprecedented event.

So why is the Deputy Mayor being opposed? 

Is Cllr Wrigley not Mayor material?

 

Seems like the most obvious question hasn't been answered here; Why might protocol be ignored for 'politics'? Nobody seems to be discussing why this irregularity might occur.

 

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