hasn’t published the cost to council tax payers of keeping a non-attending councillor in post, so we are! It cost us £800!
for the barrister to state “I am asked to advise West Lancashire Borough Council (“the Council”) as to whether the urgency powers delegations contained in the Constitution could be used in order to avoid the automatic vacation of office by a Councillor who has not attended Council Meetings since 16 October 2019”. And “However, given that a dispensation from the requirements of s.85(1) needs to be given (if it is to be given) before the expiry of the six month period, that the statute does not, at least in its terms, allow a retrospective dispensation to be granted, and the point I have noted in para 13 above, it would be advisable for any decision on dispensation to be taken on 15th April 2020, if at all possible”.
And we asked “On 15 April 2020 Councillor Hodson advised Mrs Denning that she intended to attend the Council meeting on 1 April 2020 but, due to its cancellation, had been unable to. Did WLBC consider that there was some negativity inasmuch as there was no response until AFTER the 1st April meeting, retrospective in respect of the 15th April WLBC received the response?”
Yes, you couldn’t make it up, this “La La Land” episode has wasted £800 on easy come, easy go public money!