Parish meets to “co-opt” new councillor as another quits

Colnbrook Parish Council meets tonight to co-opt a new councillor just as another councillor quits.

Cllr Michael Brenner

Cllr Michael Brenner is understood to have quit the Parish Council this week.

As well as addressing the aftermath of the flooding crisis tonight’s meeting of councillors at the Village Hall is set to consider co-option of a new councillor to replace Leslie Jarrett who resigned in October.

But Colnbrook Views has heard reports that a second councillor has quit.  Cllr Michael Brenner is reported to have resigned during the week, although there has been no official announcement yet.

Cllr Brenner was one of the new intake of independent councillors who were elected in 2011.   Having lived in Colnbrook all his life he campaigned to reverse  non-participation in local politics, and improve facilities for local children and young adults.

No reason for his resignation has yet been made public.

The lack of interest among residents to put themselves forward to serve on the Parish has left it one short for the past five months.

However councillors were told at its last full meeting on February 4 that somebody had put themselves forward, although no information has been provided as to their identity.  Tonight’s ‘Finance & Policy Committee’ meeting, attended by all councillors, is set to interview the candidate – although any recommendation made by the Committee would have to be ratified by the full council meeting, again attended by all councillors, on 4th March – such is the way the parish works.

Councillors were regularly co-opted until disenchantment with the Parish Council saw 23 candidates putting their names forward in 2011.

The by-election a year and a half later saw five candidates standing but a turnout of just 14.3%.

If Cllr Brenner’s resignation is confirmed, there will only be an election if at least 10 residents show interest.  The timing, however, could lead to a by-election for the parish coinciding with the Local Elections in May.


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