Cromer town councillors reject call to postpone selecting new member

North Lodge, Cromer Town Council.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


The selection process for a new Cromer Town Council member has been described as 'unfair' after one of the candidates sent in a CV.

Councillor David Pritchard called for the forthcoming decision to be postponed 'in the interests of transparency and democracy.'

But, fellow members rejected the move during a vote at a town council meeting on Monday.

Mr Pritchard argued that the choice of candidate should be solely based on a five minute presentation to councillors.

He said: 'I am asking to abandon the process and start again in interests of transparency and democracy. It is not fair and the CV should not have been distributed.'

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Cromer mayor Tim Adams agreed that clearer policies needed to be in place, but said he was 'satisfied that nothing has been done wrong.'

He added that the issue of co-opting new members would be discussed with electoral service offices at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

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Councillor Philip Harris told the meeting that he had been contacted by candidates in the past asking for his vote, adding he was concerned 'if the process is seen not to be a level playing field.'

However, councillor Andreas Yiasimi argued that the final decision was based on meeting the candidates. He said: 'I am looking for someone with heart who is going to serve this town.'

The new member will be co-opted at a town council meeting next month.

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