Parish council tries to start again...

A parish council left in disarray by a mass resignation of more than half of its members will attempt to fill four vacancies at an election next month.

A parish council left in disarray by a mass resignation of more than half of its members will attempt to fill four vacancies at an election next month.

Sea Palling and Waxham Parish Council was left unable to make legally binding decisions after four of its six members resigned in June, leaving only David Russell and Mary Vacca on the body.

The resignations were put down to infighting prompted by a row over whether an election needed to be called to fill what was then the only vacant seat on the council, which should have seven members when up to full strength.

Following the resignations, an interim emergency plan was put into place which saw four North Norfolk district councillors, Simon Partridge, Richard Price, Barrie Smith and Lee Walker, parachuted on to the council in July to make up the numbers.


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Soon after the emergency procedure, an election for the single seat originally up for grabs saw Lesley Bellerby join the council.

The long term plan had always been to replace the four district councillors and this should happen once an election has been held.

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Nominations for the seats should be received by November 14 and if more than four names are put forward the ballot will be contested between 7am and 10pm on December 11.

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