THE first job facing Petersfield town councillors when they meet on Monday will be to organise the co-option of two more members to join them in the council chamber. For two of the town's six wards are short of a representative and there were only elections in two wards. In the Petersfield Heath ward, long-standing councillor Mary Vincent was returned unopposed. The council will be looking to co-opt a second representative for the ward following Brian Dutton's decision to stand down. There was no election in Petersfield Rother, where town mayor Bob Ayer was the only candidate. He was also returned without an election, and a second councillor will be sought after Linda Daubney decided not to seek re-election for the Rother ward. Elsewhere, there were battles for Petersfield Causeway and Petersfield St Mary's, but there were no surprises when the sitting councillors – Tories Paul Molloy and Vaughan Clarke, Liberal Democrat George Watkinson and Independent Ken Hick – all won back their seats. There will be two new faces at the table when the new council holds its first meeting. Alongside Chris Jenner in the Bell Hill ward will be Conservative Philip Aiston, and in St Peter's, Hilary Ayer is joined by fellow Tory Clive Shore. Across the district there were only elections in a handful of parishes, with several finding themselves short of councillors to fill the vacant seats. In Liss, there are only eight councillors for the 13 seats and at Bramshott and Liphook, there are three vacant places on the 12-seat council.
Two members sought to fill void in chamber
Thursday 10th May 2007 10:00 pm
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