Election chance as long-serving Salcombe Regis representative resigns from Sidmouth Town Council

Salcombe Regis residents have the chance to call an election after a long-serving representative resigned from Sidmouth Town Council.

David Barratt this week stepped down from the role he had held for a decade due to ‘personal reasons’.

He is the third member to quit the council in the space of as many months.

It means there are now a trio of vacancies on the authority – with residents unable to go to the polls until next year.

Mr Barratt, also a former district representative, had served on the town council since 2010 and his stint included a spell as vice-chairman of its planning committee.

Sidmouth Town Council chairman Councillor Ian Barlow said: “As fellow ward member for Salcombe Regis, David worked hard for his electors and would always try and help where he could whether that was at town or district level.

“He will very much be missed”.

Residents in the Salcombe Regis ward have now been invited to request a vote to fill the vacancy.

For this to happen, ten residents in the in the electoral area would need to ask that an election be held.

Sidmouth town clerk Christopher Holland said: “Such a request must be signed and sent to the returning officer at East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ or sent electronically which must include a scan of the electors signature to electoralservices@eastdevon.gov.ukby midnight on September 1 2020.”

East Devon News reported last month how elections will be held to fill a pair of vacancies in the east and south wards.

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

However, residents won’t be able to go to the polls until at least May 2021 due to government coronavirus legislation.

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

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