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Hadleigh North By Election update

27 January 2020

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The Town Council is looking forward to the election of two new Town Councillors for Hadleigh North on Thursday the 6th of February 2020.

Polling Stations will be open 7am until 10pm, at

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and
  • The Pavilion, Hadleigh Cricket Club.

Your candidates are

  • Gordon McLeod,
  • Frank Minns,
  • David Rickett, and
  • Richard Watson.

There is no election in Hadleigh South this time.

All eligible electors are encouraged to vote, but please note that you DO NOT need a polling card to cast your vote.  Simply visit your polling station and tell the clerk your name and address.

Timing of the election

Hadleigh Town Council has had two Councillor vacancies for many weeks, but our by-election has been delayed by the national General Election in December.  Babergh District Council has now set the date, and the Town Council has met its duty by displaying a notice of the election on the official notice board and on its website, but has been unable to put information in the Hadleigh News as all the information was not available in time for the editorial deadline.

Secondly, a difficult decision whether to issue polling cards to electors had to be taken at Full Council on 16th January. Councillors considered the pros and cons of issuing cards, and on balance decided that issuing polling cards would not be value for money this time.  This is due to the closeness of the election which meant that printing, posting and receiving the cards would not give more than a day or so for the elector to respond prior to the registration deadline.  Councillors have a duty to look after the public’s money, and at an indicated cost of £2500, they considered that the cost outweighed the usefulness of polling cards on this occasion.  Instead, Councillors noted that the candidates would publicise the election in alternative ways such as leaflet drops and social media – as has been done.

ANDREW MCMILLAN

Town Council Manager