Not enough people to stand for town council

MARKET Rasen Town Council is again falling short, with only seven people putting their names forward for the forthcoming elections.

With 12 positions to fill, the first job of the new council will be to look at co-opting another five people to serve as councillors.

Neither the current mayor, Brian Richardson, nor his deputy, Mike Eckersley, have put their name forward for the election on May 5.

Also missing from the list of nominations is long-standing councillor Chris Padley, John Hadlow and one of the newest councillors Michael Kirby, who was only co-opted on to the council in January this year.

There is only one new name on the nomination list, that of Rob Hopwood who lives in The Brambles.

Those standing are Lynda Bowen, Graham Bower, Ken Bridger, Stephen Bunney, Martin Wilson Harvey, Rob Hopwood and Steven Brian Lingard.

There will, therefore, be no formal election for town council at Rasen.

However, at Caistor things are looking very different, with 18 people putting their names forward for the 14 seats on offer.

Three serving councillors will not be standing for re-election - David Hill, Andre Wilkin and Michael Stockwood.

Nominations have been received from Deborah Barker, Jayne Bowman, John Burns-Salmond, Alan Caine, Christopher Carver, Stewart Davey, Kate Galligan, Michael Galligan, Jo Hodson, Jacqui Hughes, Linda Lamb, Carol Mackenzie, Steve Millson, Rick Sandham, Juliet Savage, Martin Sizer, Alan Somerscales and Michael Stopper.

May 5 is also the date for district council elections and the referendum on the voting system for MPs..