New faces on Fremington's 'crisis' council

A new chairman and vice-chairman have been elected at the first meeting of Fremington Parish Council following the resignation of six councillors. Eight of the remaining nine councillors were at the meeting on Monday as Cllr John Gill was elected to the p

A new chairman and vice-chairman have been elected at the first meeting of Fremington Parish Council following the resignation of six councillors.

Eight of the remaining nine councillors were at the meeting on Monday as Cllr John Gill was elected to the position of chair and Jackie Flynn as vice-chairman, both by votes of seven to one.

The resignations submitted by former chairman David Jury, vice-chairman Carolyn Bennett, plus Brian Hockin, Chris Turner, Linda Tancock and Charlie Piper were also formally accepted at the meeting.

Electoral services at North Devon Council have been notified and notices of the vacancies are due to be published within the next week.


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If no request is made for an election the council will seek to co-opt applicants to fill the posts.

New chairman John Gill said five people had already "expressed a keen interest" in the vacancies.

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Mr Gill said he was "humbled" by the honour of being chosen to lead the council.

"What we have to do now is get the parish back up and running, fighting for the people of Fremington," he said.

"We have to get things back on track again and I am willing to work for the parishioners, as is the new vice chairman Jackie Flynn, who is well qualified, very keen and a doer.

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