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Councillor blasts costly by-election

District Coun Ken Bridger is one of those keen to save the station for the town's community. ENGEMN00120131028165909

District Coun Ken Bridger is one of those keen to save the station for the town's community. ENGEMN00120131028165909

Market Rasen town and district councillor Ken Bridger has attacked calls for a by-election, which could cost the town up to £3,000.

West Lindsey District Council has received more than the 10 signatures it needs to call a by-election to fill one of three vacancies on the town council.

Coun Bridger says the town council has been following “due process” to fill two other vacancies by advertising them, but no-one has put their names forward. It has only recently co-opted Natasha Travis onto the council, which it could do again.

“It’s going to cost £2,500-£3,000. Someone has shot themselves in the foot,” he says of the petitioners.

Town council staff are now working out the details. West Lindsey District Council says the election would fill one vacancy, the others would be filled by co-option.

Polling day, due by Christmas, will be set next month. But all members must stand down for the May 2015 council elections.

 

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