Hambledon Parish Council has been given the authority to fill a vacancy by co-option and will begin this process after its next meeting.
The vacancy has been caused by former chairman John Anderson standing down at the council’s annual meeting in May after 38 years as a councillor.
Waverley Borough Council’s electoral services office was informed of the resignation and it then announced a period of 14 working days when 10 or more electors within the parish could formally request that the vacancy be filled by an election.
This is part of a statutory procedure when a vacancy occurs at a time when no elections are due to be held.
No request was received and Hambledon council’s clerk, Julie Flenley, was informed that it could now seek to co-opt a replacement to fill the vacancy.
With the summer holidays approaching, and no meeting of the council in August, it is likely that an extended period of several weeks will be allowed for potential councillors to put their names forward for consideration. More details will follow later next week and the process will be publicised on this website and in the August edition of Hambledon Parish Magazine.
For details on eligibility please follow this link: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Services/Council-information/Registering-to-vote-and-elections/Casual-vacancies