Calls for by-election after community left ‘under-represented’

Thetford Kings House where the full town council meeting was held. Photo:Sonya Duncan Copy: For: EDP

Thetford Kings House where the full town council meeting was held. Photo:Sonya Duncan Copy: For: EDP EDP pics © 2009 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2009

A by-election has been called in a Norfolk town amid claims the community has been left “under-represented”.

Breckland Councillor for Thetford Burrell has promised his support to Thetford Town Hockey Club. Ter

Breckland Councillor for Thetford Burrell has promised his support to Thetford Town Hockey Club. Terry Jermy . Picture: Conor Matchett - Credit: Archant

Thetford Town Council tried to co-opt a new councillor for the Boudica ward.

This ward currently has two councillors, Dave Hodgkinson and Mark Robinson, but a third is needed.

A majority vote could not be reached in the council meeting to co-opt a new councillor, so there will have to be a by-election.

Breckland and town councillor Terry Jermy, who represents the Thetford Burrell ward, called for the by-election at the meeting after the co-option of a new councillor failed.


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Mr Jermy said: "Residents of the Boudica Ward have been under-represented since May and the community has not had the benefit of a full slate of councillors to tackle local issues.

"I'm disappointed there will now be further delay and that tax payers will incur avoidable costs because of a by-election, which is likely to be in the region of several thousands of pounds."

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