One Buckingham Town Council ward goes to election
Residents of Buckingham North can vote for their choice of town councillors in the local elections next week
Residents of one of Buckingham's electoral wards will get to vote for their choice of town councillors in the upcoming local elections on Thursday May 6, while councillors for the other three wards have been elected uncontested.
In Buckingham South, just seven people stood for eight seats, so Buckingham Town Council will be able to co-opt an additional councillor after the election.
The other two wards - Fishers Field and Highlands & Watchcroft - each had one candidate stand for one seat.
In the Buckingham North ward, however, there are nine candidates standing for the seven seats on Buckingham Town Council, so it is going to election.
The candidates are:
Robina Ahmed, Independent
Mark Cole, Independent
Howard Mordue, Conservative
Martin Try, Independent
Warren Whyte, Conservative
Town councillors hold a public office with legal duties and are obliged to attend meetings when summoned by the town clerk. They receive an allowance of just £585 a year, providing they have stood for election. The allowance cannot be claimed by co-opted councillors.
Buckingham Town Council will be losing five longstanding town councillors next month. Mike Smith, Terry Bloomfield, Paul Hirons, Paddy Collins and Christine Strain-Clark will not be standing in this election, and will all be standing down in May