I have just come across your interesting website for the first time, despite having been Chairman of our Parish Council for over 10 years!
We have recently come across a strange ruling and wondered whether other Parish Councils had experienced similar? One of our Parish Councillors, who was pregnant with twins, very reasonably told us that she would be retiring from the Parish Council in 3 months time. This enabled us to seek her successor so there were no gaps in coverage. However, when advertising the vacancy, we were told we had to accept the resignation as being effective the date the letter was written, which seems crazy. I checked this with our local MP, and through him received a response from Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government. In this response, the Minister confirmed this was correct, quoting Part lV of the Local Government Act 1985. Can anyone explain to me why we impose this restriction, when the alternative of giving notice of resignation seems so much more practical?
I also have a bee in my bonnet about the shortcomings of CIL compared to the old S106 system, but I'll save that for another day1