The vacant seat on Salhouse Parish Council (SPC) is to be subjected to a vote as
supporters of SNUB have forced, by submitting the necessary ten signatures to
Broadland District Council (BDC), the parish council to hold an election. We will
also attempt to force the same another election to fill the vacancy opened up by the
resignation of David Hastings (more on this on another Blog later).
This is the first time for a long time that there has been a need to hold an election
as historically there has been a shortfall of parish councillors at the normal election
time. Vacancies during the term of the council have been filled by the co-option of
councillors after a cursory interview by the current councillors. The net effect of this
has been a council that have similar views as the incumbents.
We will now, by having an election campaign be able to gauge the feeling of
residents on the important subjects, which clearly include the plans for additional
housing called for in the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).
However the Chair of SPC has warned local residents, in the summer edition of the
Salhouse Saga by saying:
“In the event that there is more than one candidate, Salhouse Parish will
have to bear the election costs, which could be up to £2000. Inevitably this
expenditure will impact on the spending by the Council this year and may
significantly affect the Precept charge on parishioners for the next Financial
So what is he trying to say? That democracy has a price and that it is SNUB’s fault
that we forced an election and that the council tax will go up next year because of
this! Is he trying to put people off so he can continue to co-opt residents onto SPC?
He goes on to say:
Councillors need to be interested in all aspects of Salhouse Parish life
and are unable to restrict themselves to single issues in which they have a
So here we have it. You make your own mind up about the transparency and
openness of this approach. We know what we think.
Needless to say Stephen Heard the founding Chair of SNUB will be standing for
election and we would call upon all Salhouse residents to listen to the debate and
vote the way you think is appropriate. We welcome the opportunity to put our case
to the electorate to confirm that our views represent those of the people who live in