Sidmouth Town Council seats set to remain unfilled until at least May 2021 as residents trigger elections

Elections will be held to fill two vacancies on Sidmouth Town Council – but residents won’t be able to go to the polls until at least May 2021.

The roles representing the east and south wards are up for grabs following a pair of resignations rom the authority last month.

Enough householders have since requested an election to trigger public votes to decide on who fills the posts.

However, current Covid-19 legislation means no elections will take place in the UK until May next year at the earliest.

Ten or more residents in the in each of the respective electoral areas needed to ask that an election be held.

East Devon’s returning officer has notified Sidmouth Town Council that this has happened and that the date of the votes will be determined in due course.

Sidmouth town clerk Christopher Holland said: “The returning officer has received the required signatures petitioning for elections for both the south and east ward casual vacancies.

“Under current Covid legislation, there are no elections in the UK until May 2021 at the earliest unless the legislation changes.”

John Rayson, a councillor of five years, and Louise Thompson, elected in 2019, stood down from their roles in June.

‘Personal reasons’ were cited for their departures.

Sidmouth Town Council chairman Ian Barlow said at the time: “Both John and Louise brought their own unique skills to the council which benefitted many of the projects we’re are still working on.

“They put a considerable number of hours into their work as councillors on behalf of the community. Their presence in the chamber will be missed.”

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Double vacancy on Sidmouth Town Council after two members resign

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