Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Could you play a part in Launceston Town Council's future?

Launceston Town Council has two vacancies following the sad death of Eric Chapman and the decision of Connie Geach to stand down. Would you or anyone you know be the right person to help guide the organisation into the future?

The vacancies are about to be formally announced and, if ten electors request one, a by-election will be held to fill each vacancy. If there is no by-election then the remaining members of the town council will fill the vacancies by co-opting a willing volunteer.

Eric Chapman was elected to represent the North ward and Connie Geach for South ward - so any by-elections or co-options would be run completely separately. The term of office for town councillors runs out in May and elections will be held to fill all 16 positions alongside the Cornwall Council elections on May 2nd. At that time there will be a re-drawing of the boundaries to create a seven member 'South' ward (slightly different from the current boundaries), a seven member 'Central' ward (including most of the current North) and a two member 'North' ward which would include just the Lanstephan estate and half of St Stephens Hill.

So if you think you could play a part in the long term future of the town council, now is the time to do something about it. Most of the people on the current town council were elected as 'independents' - but many of them have also stood for district or county elections under a party banner. There is also one member of the town council who stood under a party banner. So whether you are a supporter of a particular party or have no political affiliation, the town council could be for you.

If anyone who is at all interested wants to talk about standing, please contact the Town Clerk or talk to other members of the Town Council. If anyone wants to talk to me, I would be happy to help them.

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