Vacant town council seat filled after secret ballot
There was no election in Marlborough for 2017's new Town Council - and the number those who put themselves forward to be councillors left one vacancy in the town's West Ward.
Two candidates to fill this vacancy were considered by councillors at Monday's Town Council meeting (June 26.) Former Town Councillor Richard Allen and Marlborough resident Donald Heath each gave a short statement to councillors and answered a set of questions.
In a secret ballot, Donald Heath was elected as a Town Councillor for the West Ward. He has lived in the town for eighteen years and brought up a family here. He is a semi-retired businessman.
Answering the questions he said he was an 'understanding and listening person' and felt he had the responsibility to do something to help the town. He believes the priority issue to sustain the town was more appropriate housing - especially for younger people.
Having had no experience of serving as a councillor he thought he could bring 'fresh eyes' to the Council. Asked who or what a town councillor should represent, he answered immediately: "The people of Marlborough."
After signing the official papers, Councillor Heath was asked to serve on two of the Council’s committees.