We have been informed by the Electoral Services Team Leader at Hambleton DC that they have received a written request for a Parish By-Election in relation to the vacancy for a councillor to replace Ruth Barker on the Parish Council.

As this request was signed by ten residents of Appleton Wiske, a formal election must be held. A request for a full by-election is unprecedented in our Parish to my knowledge ass we have always co-opted people onto the Council when they have shown an interest. We are very disappointed that the election has been requested as all costs for the election must be met by the Parish Council and are likely to be of the order of £1000. It is not clear what led the residents to request an election and whether they were aware of the costs. Continue reading “PARISH BY-ELECTION”