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COUNCIL SHAKEUP: Leader of Hertsmere council and Shenley councillors take South Mimms Parish seats

 Published on: 15th October 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Four temporary councillors will be stepping in to help keep South Mimms Parish Council running after the majority of its members resigned earlier this year.

As four of the parish council’s five seats were vacant, there was not the minimum number of members, known as a quorum, present to conduct the business of the parish council. 

Under such circumstances, the law permits Hertsmere Borough Council to re-establish a quorum by making an order to appoint people to fill any or all vacancies until new parish councillors are elected and take up office.

Hertsmere Borough councillors Morris Bright MBE (pictured), leader of the borough council, councillors Anthony Spencer and Natalie Susman from the Shenley ward and Chris Myers, who represents Potters Bar Furzefield ward, were nominated and appointed as temporary members of South Mimms Parish Council at a full borough council meeting yesterday (October 14). 

They will remain in place until by-elections are held in May next year.

Paul Binstead, Paula Arnold, Neil Pumfrey and Mark Edwards all resigned from the parish council earlier this year, reportedly due to ‘hate’ they were receiving on social media and at meetings.

By-elections for each of the four parish council vacancies are due to take place on May 6, 2021, in line with emergency legislation postponing all elections and referendums due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently only cllr Yvonne Harverson remains on the parish council, however she has advised the South Mimms Parish Clerk that she also intends to step down.

Details on registering to vote deadlines, how to vote and candidates will be provided nearer the time. 

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