27 July 2015
21 July 2015
Following the unexpected postponement / cancellation of its 13 July 2015 meeting without notice, New Mills town council duly convened a council meeting with the same agenda to take place on this coming Thursday 23 July 2015.
The replacement meeting was convened in the correct legal way as follows:
1. The agenda for the meeting was published by affixing it in a conspicuous place in the town.
(In this case, the conspicuous place is the public notice board at the junction of Spring Bank, Hall Street and Market St)
2. The summons to attend the meeting, along with the published agenda, was sent out to all councillors.
So far so good.
So what are we to make of the following email, which was sent to all councillors this morning at just after 11 o'clock. The text of the email is:
I have been instructed by the Chair to cancel the meeting for Thursday 23rd July. I have suggested that the Vice Chair should chair the meeting.
Clerk to New Mills Town Council"
It has now been several weeks since the last normal business of New Mills Town Council was conducted, excluding of the co-option of the new group of councillors.
In a possibly connected development, we understand that a small number of people is still hoping that they might be able to obstruct council member Cllr David Lamb from taking his duly appointed place at meetings.
The law concerning absence of a local council chairman is clear, simple and unambiguous:
Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12:
If the chairman of the council is absent from a meeting of the council, the vice chairman of the council, if present, shall preside.
If both the chairman and the vice-chairman of the council are absent from a meeting of the council, such councillor as the members of the council present shall choose shall preside
NOTE: SINCE THE ABOVE ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED, THE OFFICIAL NOTICE HAS BEEN PUT ON THE TOWN COUNCIL WEBSITE ADVISING THAT THE 23 JULY 2015 MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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