Total of 9 seats available. 5 Councillors currently. 1 seat previously requested for an election by the residents (in 2021), but no one stood. The other three seats have arisen over time by resignations and/or the increase in seats a couple of years ago (but never filled). These three seats had the vacancy notices put out but no calls for an election were forthcoming, and then no one came forward for cooption. We then heard someone in the Parish might be interested and the DC then said we had to fill the seat that the election was called for first. Fair enough.
Of course, the notice of election for the one seat has resulted in two nominations and therefore an election between two people even though we have 4 seats available. I'm sure this falls into the category of the cost of democracy but we will in all likelihood simply coopt the one that isn't elected through this costly and time consuming process.
Could we have done this better to avoid a waste of time and money?