Beaconsfield to hold by-election after councillors resign

Beaconsfield to hold by-election after councillors resign

Beaconsfield to hold by-election after councillors resign

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS of Beaconsfield may have the opportunity to vote for two new town councillors after it was agreed a by-election would be held.

Following the resignation of two Independent Town Councillors, Beaconsfield has vacancies in the South and West wards and a by-election has now been requested.

This comes after the leader of the council warned a new election would be costly and potentially detrimental to the progress of other community-based projects.

Nominations for new councillors should be provided to South Bucks District Council by Friday, July 18.

If more than one nomination for each ward is received a by-election will be held and residents will have the chance to cast their votes on Thursday, August 14.

However, with only 10 months to go until the next local elections are held, Cllr Alan Walters has said he believed it is an expense which should have been avoided.

He said: “I predict that these elections will cost between £4000 and £5000 per ward. That could be a cost of £10,000 for the council to pay – that is about £1000 every month.

“My concern is where are we going to get this money from? We will either have to take it out of reserves or we will have to rethink some of the community projects we are hoping to push on with.

“Even if we only get one person step forward for each ward it will still cost us money.

“It is a shame because had we got through to November it would have been impossible to hold a by-election because we would be so close to May.”

Nomination papers should be obtained from and returned to the Returning Officer, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 4LH.

If an election is contested there will be a polling station in each ward.

For more information please visit www.southbucks.gov.uk

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9:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

tigger the campaigner says...

This is a complete was of money because until politics is taken out of local government altogether at the Parish and Town council level, few in Beaconsfield will ever take an interest in local government. 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 box for appropriate coloured rosette; trained chimpanzees are even able to do this!

I therefore suggest that no one bothers to nominate themselves to stand for the council and let the 2 seats remain vacant until May 2015…. It’s not going to make any difference to the dictatorial style of local regime we currently have.
This is a complete was of money because until politics is taken out of local government altogether at the Parish and Town council level, few in Beaconsfield will ever take an interest in local government. 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 box for appropriate coloured rosette; trained chimpanzees are even able to do this! I therefore suggest that no one bothers to nominate themselves to stand for the council and let the 2 seats remain vacant until May 2015…. It’s not going to make any difference to the dictatorial style of local regime we currently have. tigger the campaigner
  • Score: 7

9:14am Fri 11 Jul 14

DACS12 says...

The council could co opt 2 people who truly want to work for the community. What is likely to happen is 2 Tory co options who sit silently and do nothing.
The council could co opt 2 people who truly want to work for the community. What is likely to happen is 2 Tory co options who sit silently and do nothing. DACS12
  • Score: 4

1:21pm Fri 11 Jul 14

SocialistSarah says...

tigger the campaigner wrote:
This is a complete was of money because until politics is taken out of local government altogether at the Parish and Town council level, few in Beaconsfield will ever take an interest in local government. 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 box for appropriate coloured rosette; trained chimpanzees are even able to do this!

I therefore suggest that no one bothers to nominate themselves to stand for the council and let the 2 seats remain vacant until May 2015…. It’s not going to make any difference to the dictatorial style of local regime we currently have.
Got it in one!

The Fat Controller will ensure that not only will Tory 'nodding dogs' fill the seats, the 'justification' of the costs of the by-election will be portrayed as the fault of the Independents...anyth
ing to keep snouts in the trough!
[quote][p][bold]tigger the campaigner[/bold] wrote: This is a complete was of money because until politics is taken out of local government altogether at the Parish and Town council level, few in Beaconsfield will ever take an interest in local government. 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 box for appropriate coloured rosette; trained chimpanzees are even able to do this! I therefore suggest that no one bothers to nominate themselves to stand for the council and let the 2 seats remain vacant until May 2015…. It’s not going to make any difference to the dictatorial style of local regime we currently have.[/p][/quote]Got it in one! The Fat Controller will ensure that not only will Tory 'nodding dogs' fill the seats, the 'justification' of the costs of the by-election will be portrayed as the fault of the Independents...anyth ing to keep snouts in the trough! SocialistSarah
  • Score: 4

7:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

mistamina says...

Hold up a darn minute.
i thought Beaconsfield was swinging big time to UKIP.
What makes us think Tories have a decent chance?
One visit from Flash-Farage and Beaconsfield will swoon into his arms.
Hold up a darn minute. i thought Beaconsfield was swinging big time to UKIP. What makes us think Tories have a decent chance? One visit from Flash-Farage and Beaconsfield will swoon into his arms. mistamina
  • Score: 0

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