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Temporary councillors appointed for South Mimms

Last Modified October 15, 2020

Four temporary councillors will be stepping in to help keep South Mimms Parish Council running after the majority of its members resigned earlier this year.

As four of the parish council’s five seats were vacant, there was not the minimum number of members, known as a quorum, present to conduct the business of the parish council. Under such circumstances, the law permits Hertsmere Borough Council to re-establish a quorum by making an order to appoint people to fill any or all vacancies until new parish councillors are elected and take up office. 

Hertsmere Borough Councillors Morris Bright MBE (leader of the borough council); Chris Myers (who represent Potters Bar Furzefield ward), Anthony Spencer and Natalie Susman (who both represent Shenley ward) were nominated and appointed as temporary members of South Mimms Parish Council at a full borough council meeting yesterday (14 October). They will remain in place until by-elections are held in May next year.

Paul Binstead, Paula Arnold, Neil Pumfrey and Mark Edwards all resigned from the parish council earlier this year. By-elections for each of the four parish council vacancies are due to take place on 6 May 2021, in line with emergency legislation postponing all elections and referendums due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Currently only Cllr Yvonne Harverson remains on the parish council, however she has advised the South Mimms Parish Clerk that she also intends to step down.

The four temporary parish councillors appointed yesterday means that a quorum remains in place should Cllr Harverson resign and/or one of the four new members is unable to attend a meeting.

Details on registering to vote deadlines, how to vote and candidates will be provided nearer the time. All election notices are published here.

Posted on Thursday 15th October 2020

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