Hatfield town councillor disqualified for not attending meetings
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2013
A HATFIELD politician has been disqualified from the council due to low attendance- and could cost the town council £3,000.
Dean Archer had to relinquish his role as Hatfield South ward councillor on Friday, after not attending a council meeting during the previous six months.
Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, former Labour councillor Archer said he did not believe he had let people down, or should have resigned from his seat sooner.
He said: “Although I could not attend many meetings, because of the anti-social hours I work, I have always been constantly in touch with council matters and have pushed for all manner of things that would benefit Hatfield’s community.
“My aims were always to be pro-active in the improvement and promotion of Hatfield, as they were before, and as they will be in the future.”
Hatfield Town Council clerk Carrie Lloyd said: “It is just one of those things that happens, I am afraid.
“And the law states that councillors have to attend at least one council meeting every six months.
“As I understand it, it happened because of his work commitments.
“He did quite a lot behind the scenes, but evening meetings are part of the role.”
Hatfield Town Council has now advertised the vacancy for a new ward representative, with a deadline of October 2.
Mrs Lloyd said it was most likely an election would be called to decide on a new councillor.
She said the council normally budget about £3,000 in costs for a by-election but the total could be higher or lower.
Leader of the council, Mick Clark, said: “We were very sorry that Dean has had to resign, he was a very pro-active member of the town council.
“He was not a big political person, but he was always looking after the needs of the community.
“It is regrettable that he hung on for as long as he did, but I think he was hoping that things would resolve themselves.
“We can hang on for about six months but after that you are out.”
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