Absentee councillor evicted after failing to attend meetings for SIX months

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. Photo: Archant Library

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

A councillor who did not attend a single meeting in more than six months has been removed from his post.

Baljinder Anota, who was borough councillor for the West Winch ward of West Norfolk Council, last attended a meeting on May 10, 2018.

Under the council's rules, if a councillor fails to attend any meetings in a six month period, they cease to be a member.

This period expired on November 10, meaning Mr Anota's post is now vacant.

At a full council meeting next week, it will formally be declared vacant by the council.

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However, with less than six months remaining until the next local elections, he will not be replaced until May.

A report to the council says: 'Officers have undertaken thorough checks of attendance records and minutes of meetings. There is no record of Cllr Anota attending a meeting between May 10 and November 10, 2018.'

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Mr Anota, who was elected as a Conservative in 2015, has been contacted for comment.

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