17 December 2015

Notice of Councillor Vacancy on New Mills Town Council Website




HPT Readers' Christmas Competition


The following legal notice, placed on New Mills Town Council's website on or about 15 December 2015, contains an error.  Can you spot it?

(scroll right down to the bottom of the page for the answer)



NOTICE OF VACANCY

NEW MILLS COUNCIL-WHITLE WARD

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT DUE TO THE RESIGNATION OF A COUNCILLOR, A VACANCY HAS ARISEN IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL.

IF BY JANUARY 2016 (14 DAYS EXCLUDING DIES NON,AFTER THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE) A REQUEST FOR AN ELECTION TO FILL SAID VACANCY IS MADE IN WRITING TO THE RETURNING OFFICER AT THE ADDRESS BELOW BY TEN ELECTORS FOR THE SAID PARISH, AN ELECTION WILL BE HELD TO FILL THE SAID VACANCY,OTHERWISE THE VACANCY WILL BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION. IF AN ELECTION IS CALLED IT WILL TAKE PLACE NOT LATER THAN 11th MARCH 2016.

DATED 15th DECEMBER 2015

SIMON BAKER
RETURNING OFFICER
MUNICIPAL BUILDING
GLOSSOP
DERBYSHIRE
SK13 8AF











-------------------------------------

Answer:

The correct notice gives the specific date in January 2016 which is the deadline for electors to write in if they want a by-election.

The version on the NMTC website* merely says "IF BY JANUARY 2016..."

(This article published at 15:35 on 17 December 2015.  Hopefully the Notice on NMTC website will be rectified shortly afterwards)

-------------------------------------

UPDATE

*Upon checking the NMTC website again on the day after the above article was published, the specific deadline date has been added to the notice, making it correct. The deadline for any ten electors from ex-cllr Gaskell's ward to demand a public by-election rather than allow the council to co-opt is 8 January 2015.