Shifting balance of power to be discussed at North Norfolk District Council meeting

Tom FitzPatrick. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Tom FitzPatrick. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives. - Credit: Norfolk Conservatives

The shifting balance of power at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is up for review at a full council meeting.

Tonight's (Wednesday, November 15) gathering at NNDC's main offices in Holt Road, Cromer, is the first full meeting of the council since the latest resignations from the council's ruling Conservative Party group.

All together eight councillors have left the Tory team lead by Tom FitzPatrick since June, the latest being Simon Hester, ward councillor for Priory.

MORE: North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick under growing pressure after resignation of eight councillor, Simon Hester, from his teamAt the council's most recent election in 2015, the Conservative group won 33 seats and the Liberal Democrats won 15.

However, following the resignations - many of which were made due to concerns over leadership - the council now consists of 24 Conservatives, 17 Lib Dems and seven members of a newly formed Independents group.

This shifting balance of power means the council has to re-allocated positions on committees and working groups to make sure they are politically balanced.


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Among the councillors expected at tonight's meeting is Douglas Smith, who represents Sheringham North ward, despite having moved to Tunbridge Wells in Kent at the end of August.

MORE: 'I can represent the people of Sheringham from Kent' says Conservative district councillorOther matters councillors are to discuss at the meeting, which starts at 6pm, include improving accessible toilet and parking facilities in Wells-next-the-Sea, and the treasury's half-yearly report.

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