Beaconsfield Town Council may hold by-election

Bucks Free Press: Two 'irresponsible' councillors quit Two 'irresponsible' councillors quit

TWO Beaconsfield Town Councillors have resigned from office in a move the leader of the council has described as irresponsible.

The double resignation on Friday, June 20, may force a Beaconsfield by-election to be held, which the council have warned could cost almost £12,000.

Independent councillors Geoff Grover and Graham Davie have both moved out of the area and according to the leader of the Independents they felt the responsibility should be given to someone else.

If ten or more residents now request a new election to decide who replaces the outgoing councillors it could cost the council up to £12,000.

Leader of the council, Alan Walters, said: “We don’t feel we need to have an election because the council has run adequately without them.

“One of them (Mr Davie) moved away in October, while the other (Mr Grover, who now lives in Haddenham) has not attended a council meeting in nearly six months.

“I have to say I think their decision is irresponsible. They were advised if they took a leave of absence until November we would not be forced to hold a by-election as we would be close enough to next year’s elections.

“However, the Independent group decided they should resign now, which could ultimately cost Beaconsfield residents.

“This means certain money we have aside for things like the Holtspur playing area or Walkwood, or other projects, may have to be used for a by-election.”

Independent leader, Ken Brown, said: “I think they both felt they could not offer as much as they used to and decided other people would be better to support the council.

“They both did a great job for the council and we should be thankful for their services.”

“If they felt the job should be open to others it was right of them to step aside, in my opinion” he added.

If there is not a big enough call for a by-election, it would be possible for the council to co-opt and choose replacement councillors themselves, if people step forward for the role.

Residents have until Friday, July 11, to request an election.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the Returning Officer, South Bucks District Council, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham, UB9 4LH.

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9:54am Thu 26 Jun 14

tigger the campaigner says...

I say why bother; only the Town Council is interested in what the Town Council says. My Vote is save the money and spend the £12,000 on the Holtspur playing area or Walkwood projects. With such a large Tory majority in the Council that obeys the commands from above, how would two loan voices of dissent sway a group that has already made a decision before any vote!
I say why bother; only the Town Council is interested in what the Town Council says. My Vote is save the money and spend the £12,000 on the Holtspur playing area or Walkwood projects. With such a large Tory majority in the Council that obeys the commands from above, how would two loan voices of dissent sway a group that has already made a decision before any vote! tigger the campaigner
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3:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Scarletto says...

Best not to call an election for the monent, surely?
Best not to call an election for the monent, surely? Scarletto
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10:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

DACS12 says...

Geoff abd Graham have given years of service to the community and will be missed. The community should thank them. It would have been good manners for the 'Leader' to take a non-political stand and thank them. Instead he puts them down.
Comments about the cost of an election are hypocritical. Who forced a by-election when an Independent coincillor died?
Tories want to co-opt suitable party political yes-men who put politicsbefore community.
Geoff abd Graham have given years of service to the community and will be missed. The community should thank them. It would have been good manners for the 'Leader' to take a non-political stand and thank them. Instead he puts them down. Comments about the cost of an election are hypocritical. Who forced a by-election when an Independent coincillor died? Tories want to co-opt suitable party political yes-men who put politicsbefore community. DACS12
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11:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

tigger the campaigner says...

Here here DACS12, and I would even go one further and take the politics out of local government altogether, its completely unnecessary at the Parish and Town council level. It would better for the local community if citizens learnt to vote for the councillor they want to represent them rather than acting as sheep and merely ticking the appropriate coloured rosette; trained monkeys are even able to do this!

This way, we would not get visceral comments made by people who have more power than they ought.
Here here DACS12, and I would even go one further and take the politics out of local government altogether, its completely unnecessary at the Parish and Town council level. It would better for the local community if citizens learnt to vote for the councillor they want to represent them rather than acting as sheep and merely ticking the appropriate coloured rosette; trained monkeys are even able to do this! This way, we would not get visceral comments made by people who have more power than they ought. tigger the campaigner
  • Score: 5

4:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SocialistSarah says...

tigger the campaigner wrote:
Here here DACS12, and I would even go one further and take the politics out of local government altogether, its completely unnecessary at the Parish and Town council level. It would better for the local community if citizens learnt to vote for the councillor they want to represent them rather than acting as sheep and merely ticking the appropriate coloured rosette; trained monkeys are even able to do this!

This way, we would not get visceral comments made by people who have more power than they ought.
You have hit the nail on the head with your last sentence entirely.

The Fat Controller has had far too much power for far too long, and far too many "nodding dogs" in his pocket. I have it on good authority from a former resident that if you dare to name him on any form of online media, he involves TVP at a considerable waste of taxpayers money. Therefore, the euphemism is probably quite correct on this occasion! :))
[quote][p][bold]tigger the campaigner[/bold] wrote: Here here DACS12, and I would even go one further and take the politics out of local government altogether, its completely unnecessary at the Parish and Town council level. It would better for the local community if citizens learnt to vote for the councillor they want to represent them rather than acting as sheep and merely ticking the appropriate coloured rosette; trained monkeys are even able to do this! This way, we would not get visceral comments made by people who have more power than they ought.[/p][/quote]You have hit the nail on the head with your last sentence entirely. The Fat Controller has had far too much power for far too long, and far too many "nodding dogs" in his pocket. I have it on good authority from a former resident that if you dare to name him on any form of online media, he involves TVP at a considerable waste of taxpayers money. Therefore, the euphemism is probably quite correct on this occasion! :)) SocialistSarah
  • Score: 5

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