Somerton Town Council implodes again
Lockdown has cast a long shadow over Somerton Town Council.
Yesterday at the first (Zoom) meeting of the Town Council since March, the very process of co-option came under the spotlight. In the end a new councillor was co-opted. Congratulations Cllr Harrison, but there was a lot of wrangling over the process. There will be more on this in the August Leveller®.
However having replaced one councillor after four months, it became apparent that two more had resigned in the meantime. Cllrs Bassett and Dobson resigned before the meeting took place but after the meeting, Cllr Smith resigned as well.
Somerton Town Council will now need to work on a plausible and legal recruitment policy for co-opting new councillors unless the town’s electors call for an election. Which under the circumstances might be the best solution all round?