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Letter: I Am Mystified – How Can These Parish Councillors Continue at Ash?

Published on: 17 Nov, 2021
Updated on: 17 Nov, 2021

Cllrs Helen and Tony Gorham

From: George Potter

Lib Dem borough and county councillor

In response to: Parish Council Fails to Explain Councillors’ Six-month Absence

I’m no expert on Ash Parish Council but I’m quite mystified as to how these councillors could not possibly have fallen foul of the six-month rule.

Ever since the expiration of the temporary Covid regulations it has been quite clear that virtual attendance at any meeting of a council or of its committees does not count for the purposes of the six-month rule. Exemptions to this must be agreed by the council in a public meeting, which apparently has not happened.

If there is a separate rule which the parish council is relying upon to protect these councillors from being removed from office then perhaps they would be kind enough to make it public?

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