Skipton Town Council

CASUAL VACANCY for the position of TOWN COUNCILLOR in SKIPTON WEST WARD

Skipton Town Council is looking to fill a vacancy for a Councillor to serve on the West Ward of the Council, which includes areas such as Broughton Road, Carleton Park and Burnside.

The vacancy arose following the resignation, in May, of Councillor Gerardo Iannaccone for personal reasons.

Under electoral rules, a by-election can be held to fill the vacancy – but only if a written request for such an election is requested by local electors.

No request for a by-election was received by the deadline date – and so the Council must now fill the vacancy in West Ward by a process known as co-option. This is where the other existing Councillors decide who should be appointed.

If more than one person is interested in the vacancy, the co-option will be decided by a vote amongst the other 15 Councillors at a meeting of the Council being held on towards the middle of August.

The successful candidate will have the same rights, duties and responsibilities as any other Councillor – and would serve on the Council until the next scheduled elections in May 2023.

To be considered for co-option, you must meet a small number of conditions. You must be aged 18 or over on 31st July 2020 – and you must either appear on the electoral register for the West Ward of the Parish of Skipton, or you must have either lived or worked in West Ward (or within 4.8km of it) for the whole of the last twelve months.

There is no need to be affiliated to any political party and, because the vacancy will be filled by co-option, there will be no need to fight in an election.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward should do so, in writing to: Dave Parker, Chief Officer, Skipton Town Council, Town Hall, SKIPTON, BD23 1FD – or by email to chiefofficer@skiptontowncouncil.gov.uk

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 31st July 2020.