Former Marlborough mayor in surprise resignation from town council
Former Marlborough mayor Robin Notton resigned out of the blue on Tuesday as a Conservative member of Marlborough town council.
But whether this will create a by-election in East Ward or result in someone being co-opted on to the council in its last year before next May’s council election remains unknown.
Councillor Stewart Dobson, leader of the council’s Tory group, told Marlborough News Online: “I don’t know. We shall have to wait and see.”
It takes the signatures of 10 or 12 Marlborough voters to ensure that a by-election automatically takes place, the actual cost of elections falling on Wiltshire Council.
Mr Notton, who lives in Manton, has served on the town council more than once. He is known to have suffered from ill health, and this is likely the reason for his resignation.
“You can write what you like,” he told Marlborough News Online before hanging up with the message: “All the best, goodbye.”
Derek Wolfe, Marlborough town clerk, confirmed that Councillor Notton had resigned, and told Marlborough News Online: “I will need to report this to Wiltshire Council, who will let me have all the necessary paperwork to enable the resulting vacancy to be advertised.”
“The council cannot co-opt someone unless the call for a poll as a result of advertising the vacancy fails. Co-options can only by-pass this procedure if there are less than 6 months remaining before the next quadrennial elections.”
“The vacancy will be reported on a formal basis to the council on July 2.”
It is understood that Mr Notton had contemplated resigning from the council earlier in the year, his decision to do so now a surprising one as this is the week when Marlborough has witnessed the arrival of the Olympic flame and also sees the first of major celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.