Parish co-opts TWO councillors to replace Leslie Jarrett!
Not one but two candidates for “co-option” to Colnbrook Parish Council were considered this week and the Parish may just take both of them, minutes show.
As we reported on Wednesday, Scott Bryant was selected as the new councillor-designate to replace Leslie Jarrett, subject to formal approval at the full Council meeting on March 4.
However minutes show that councillors also interviewed Mrs Safia Akram during the closed meeting.
While the committee decided that Mr Bryant be co-opted into the current vacancy, it also recommended that Mrs Akram be co-opted as a “supernumerary” councillor.
It is not clear whether the unusual status would entitle Mrs Akram to vote at council meetings. The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1994, which brought the parish into existence, only allows for twelve councillors.
While Cllr Brenner’s resignation – announced on the same day as the meeting – has created an additional vacancy, the Parish may not legally fill this vacancy without first giving the opportunity to residents for a by-election.
The anachronism of the legislation around parish councils gives residents 14 days to request an election without knowing who may or may not stand. But with both candidates declaring after the window, fellow councillors get to make the choice without a public vote.
Both new councillors live “in the west” of the Parish where representation is poorest.