FRODSHAM Town Council has put off co-opting three councillors to fill vacancies on the council until its September meeting.
The decision was taken at the July meeting after the council split 5-5 on the issue and the Mayor, Cllr Liam Jones – standing-in for absent chairman Cllr Alan Oulton – used his casting vote.
It was a decision that angered some councillors.
Cllr Pat Williamson said she was embarrassed and believed people who had attended the meeting as candidates for co-option were entitled to an apology.
They had put themselves to some inconvenience to attend.
Cllr Caroline Ashton said she was “appalled.”
She also believed people had gone to some trouble to attend and would now have the inconvenience of attending again in September.
It was noted thare had been four applicants for the three vacancies – two for Overton and Five Crosses ward, one for Waterside Ward and one who had not specified a ward. There was no applicant for Castle Park ward.
Cllr Andrew Dawson moved the proposal to defer the co-option until September.
He said he knew of at least two people who had not known about the opportunity to put themselves forward until it was too late to do so.
The council had not advertised the vacancies as widely as it could have done and, as a result, many people did not know about them.
They had used only the council website and notice boards, but many people were not online and did not look at notice boards.
Cllrs Judith Critchley and Mallie Poulton also spoke in favour of deferring the co-option until next month.
The three vacancies, one each in the Waterside, Castle and Overton and Five Crosses wards, arise because of a shortage of candidates in the three wards in the May elections.
*Pictured: Mayor Cllr Liam Jones, who used his casting vote, and Deputy Mayor Cllr Caroline Ashton, who said she was “appalled.”