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Local Elections Update

Last week Shropshire Council published nominations lists for this year’s local elections which will take place on Thursday 4th May.

Hodnet Parish Council

Only eight people have stood for election to our Parish Council.
Hodnet Parish Council ElectionsThese are:

  • Karen Dale Calder
  • Alan David Cope
  • Chris Mackie
  • John Leslie Parker
  • John Henry Powell
  • Maryjayne Rees
  • John David Roberts
  • Howard Trevor

Because this number is less than the eleven places available, the Returning Officer has issued a Notice of Uncontested Election, available here, which states that the above people have been duly elected to Hodnet Parish Council.

Whilst it is disappointing that so few people were willing to stand for election to the Parish Council, there is still an opportunity for others to come forward to fulfil this vital community role. This is because from 4th May 2017 the Parish Council have the power to co-opt any qualified person to fill the vacant seats. The legislation which grants this ability sets a time limit of 35 working days (i.e. excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) for additional members to be co-opted onto the Parish Council. Please seriously consider if you could contribute to the life of this community through becoming a Parish Councillor.

To find out more about the responsibilities of Parish Councillors and how they benefit the community, please contact the current Chairman, Chris Mackie. You can telephone Chris on 01630 685483 or contact him via email. In February Chris published this call for new Parish Councillors which you may also find it helpful to read. Please remember that there is a time limit for new members to be recruited, so if you are interested please contact Chris Mackie soon.

Shropshire Council

There are just two candidates seeking to be our next representative on Shropshire Council.
These are:

  • Karen Dale Calder of Wollerton (Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Charles Henry Warren Love of Market Drayton (Labour Party Candidate)

Full details are on the official Statement of Persons Nominated which can be accessed here.

Update 20 April: The “Notice of Pole” can be downloaded here.


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