Please excuse me but I am trying to get my head around all this separate ward stuff. I get it that at election time there are separate elections to form part of one Parish Council but unsure what rights/privileges exist separate from that.
Firstly, when it comes to co-option do we recruit against vacancies by ward or in total ?. I have already touched on who can apply but if we have two wards one with two vacancies but four applicants and one with two vacancies and two applicants wouldn’t it make sense for any savvy applicant to make sure he applied for the two vacancies ward and was therefore guaranteed acceptance?
However once elected what special privileges do separate ward status come with, if any or can they only be determined by a Council resolution.? For example, we have a Finance Committee and the TOR advise that the small ward has guaranteed membership on said committee.