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Rasen Mayor slams ‘wasteful’ by-election

Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews and Councillor David Strachan with the new 'Mill Pond' sign. EMN-140520-092732001

Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews and Councillor David Strachan with the new 'Mill Pond' sign. EMN-140520-092732001

There are just two days to go for nominations to close on Market Rasen’s “unwanted” town council by-election.

West Lindsey District Council began making preparations for the ballot last week, after receiving the dozen signatures needed to call for such a poll.

Election Day is set for October 2, with the polling station being Market Rasen’s Festival Hall.

The by-election follows the resignation of Steve Lingard from the council, but its £2,000-£3,000 cost has attracted opposition from Market Rasen Town Council, which believes the money would be better spent on the town.

“It is not down to the town council whether or not to call an election,” said town mayor John Matthews.

Anyone wanting to stand could have applied to join the council by co-option at “no cost to the town.”

He added: “However, if only one candidate stands there will not be an election so we will only face a nominal admin charge from WLDC.

“We have (two further) vacancies for co-option. It would seem a complete waste of the town’s finance to have to pay a considerable sum far an election.

“We all try to be most responsible with the public money in our control.”

 

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