THE RESIGNATION of a Gnosall Parish Councillor has offered residents of the village an opportunity to directly influence the way they are governed.
Former councillor Andy Bevington has vacated his position on the Parish Council and the people of the village now have until November 9 to decide whether they want the vacancy to be filled by election or whether they are happy for the council to co-opt someone to the position.
Council Leader Roger Greatrex said: “Mr Bevington served Gnosall Parish Council over the last decade and served on numerous committees in that time.
“I understand he now finds his family and employment commitments are pressing upon his personal time and he feels he is no longer able to give the time and commitment to the duties of a Parish Councillors,” he said. “I wish to put on record the Councils thanks him for all his services in the past and the help he put in with Speed Watch Scheme and the Best Kept Village competition.”
He said Stafford Borough Council’s returning officer had been informed of the vacancy and due process would be followed to fill the position.
For an election to be called, ten local government electors must write to returning officer, Ian Thompson, at Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, ST16 3AQ, by November 9.
In the event of that not happening, Gnosall Parish Council will co-opt someone to fill the vacancy.