Uplyme councillor resigns a week after elections

BARBARA Kidson resigned from Uplyme Parish Council just a week after being re-elected.

Mrs Kidson served on the council for four years and was re-elected with 295 votes in the recent election. However, following the annual parish meeting just a week later, she decided to resign as she was not voted onto the Planning Committee.

Mrs Kidson was a key player in setting up Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan and is passionate about providing affordable housing in the village, so she was keen to sit on the Planning Committee.

Following her resignation, she said: “I put myself up for re-election to Uplyme Parish Council specifically because I wanted the council to pursue the idea of forming a Community Land Trust. To do this, I needed to be on the Planning Committee. I was not elected to that committee so I resigned.

“My thanks again to those people who voted for me and trust you understand why I resigned.”

The vacancy on the parish council will now either be filled by co-option or a by-election if enough electors call for one and there is more than one candidate. For details on how to apply to become a parish councillor, email parish clerk Ricky Neave on clerk@uplymeparishcouncil.org

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