Hatfield Town Council tells former member she is no longer a councillor

PUBLISHED: 12:02 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:06 05 September 2017

Former Hatfield town councillor Caron Juggins at Birchwood Leisure Centre.

Former Hatfield town councillor Caron Juggins at Birchwood Leisure Centre.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

A former Hatfield town councillor has been told that she is no longer a member of the local authority.

Former Independent councillor Caron Juggins was notified by email that she was no longer a member of Hatfield Town Council because she failed to attend any meetings for six months.

Mrs Juggins was informed that, according to the Local Government Act, because she also did not give a reason during that period she had ceased to be a councillor.

The letter read: “Regretfully, as you have not attended any meetings for over six months nor given any reasons for your absence at meetings for which this council could have given approval for non-attendance, I am unfortunately obliged to advise you that you are no longer a member of this council.”

It comes just over a month after Mrs Juggins claimed the council had paid architects to look into a major housing development and football stadium for Birchwood Playing Fields, which the council declined to deny.

Responding to the news, Mrs Juggins said that having been removed from the leisure committee and kept off any others, there were officially only two meetings she could have attended in that time.

Mrs Juggins also accepted failing to inform the council that she was on holiday for both, but claimed her deselection was really a result of lifting the lid on the Birchwood plans.

She added: “To be totally frank, to walk in to quite a hostile situation where you are continually brought down, I really do not feel the need to do that at the moment.

“I do not think that is constructive, that’s not what a town council is for.”

Mrs Juggins – a councillor for 10 years – was previously a Conservative member before voting against party lines in 2015 and becoming an Independent.

“I’m not angry at all,” she added. “It will probably be a huge relief because I can probably get a lot more done not being a councillor than being a councillor in terms of being a lot more proactive.”

Town clerk Carrie Lloyd confirmed there will be no by-election unless 10 residents demand one.

Instead, the council will advertise a “casual vacancy”, which means as long as a by-election is not demanded within 14 working days, the local authority may co-opt someone into the vacant seat.

The deadline is September 22.

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