Council avoids costly £3,000 by-election

New Market Rasen town councillor John McNeill EMN-140909-093708001
New Market Rasen town councillor John McNeill EMN-140909-093708001
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Market Rasen Town Council has been spared a costly by-election with its latest member being elected unopposed.

It’s two other vacancies are also likely to be filled soon by co-option.

John McNeill, 33, is a former science technician at De Aston School, who has also worked as an insurance broker.

He is also the older brother of current West Lindsey District Councillor for Nettleham, Giles McNeill.

John, who lives in Market Rasen’s Velden Way, is a former De Aston student, who gained a politics degree at Hull University. He said he stood for the town council as he has an interest in politics, which he felt meant he could add it its deliberations, as well as provide a younger voice.

He was the only one to put his name forward for the planned October 2 by-election to replace Steve Lingard.

John sees the main issues affecting Market Rasen are how to maximise the benefit of the Portas Town status to the Rasen area and town’s Arboretum project.

“I am also interested in the parks and the facilities for young people,” he said.

Though his brother Giles is a Conservative Party Councillor and association secretary for Gainsborough Conservatives, John says he is not a member of the party and he stood as an Independent.

John says he already knows some of the town councillors but he has yet to meet them officially and his first town council meeting won’t be until October.

Town Mayor John Matthews said he didn’t know his new councillor but he looked forward to working with him.

“I am pleased at the outcome,” he said, referring to the town avoiding the £2000-£3000 estimated cost of a contested by-election.

“A potential candidate did not submit papers because of the cost involved. I have been approached by a couple of people interested in co-option. If they come back positively, I will be very pleased,” said Mayor Matthews.