Vacancy exists following resignation of 'exceptional parish councillor'

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Due to a resignation, a vacancy has arisen on Alderley Edge Parish Council.

Earlier this month, Geoff Hall tended his resignation after 5 years, having been elected in May 2015 when Alderley Edge FIRST defeated the nine Conservative candidates to take every seat on Alderley Edge Parish Council.

The vacancy will be filled by election if, within fourteen days (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) from Tuesday, 19th May, any ten voters submit a written request for an election to the Returning Officer.

If this happens there will be a period of time for candidates to be nominated and if two or more candidates are nominated there will be an election.

If no such request is made, the vacancy will be filled by Alderley Edge Parish Council, who will be at liberty to select who they wish, provided the person qualifies to be a councillor.

Paying tribute to Geoff Hall, Councillor Mike-Dudley Jones said "Geoff Hall has been an exceptional Parish Councillor and a huge asset for our Village. Without him, Alderley Edge would not be able to boast a new state of the art Medical Centre or indeed the fine rebuilding of what had become a somewhat run down Festival Hall.

"The Neighbourhood Development Plan, the newsletters, planters, and boundary signs all carried Geoff's mark but he also played an immense role in the not so visible aspects of Parish Council life such as our sound financial planning and controls, our active support of voluntary groups, our friendly inclusive approach to our fellow residents and he was always a helpful advisor to councillors wrestling with problems.

"And without him Alderley Edge First would not have been born either. Our huge success as part of the so called 'Flatpack Democracy' movement in the elections of 2015 meant that Alderley Edge could at last have a Parish Council without any 'political' leanings or influence, made up of 9 wholly independent 'thinkers' drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. The formula worked - and in our own small way, we entered the history books by taking all 9 seats. Nothing like it had been seen before. It was right that Geoff Hall became our first Chairman.

"Under his guidance, influence and example we remain a strong team displaying honesty and integrity at all times and communicating our thoughts and aspirations well. Geoff has made a huge contribution in helping us to earn the respect and confidence of our residents and our election result in 2019 reflected this."

Any request for an election to be held to fill the vacancy must be in writing and sent to The Returning Officer, Cheshire East Borough Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.

If an election is called, in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations, Regulation 6 provides that an election to fill a casual vacancy that would have taken place in the period between March 5th 2020 and 5th May 2021 will now take place on 6th May 2021.

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Comments

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Carey
Thursday 21st May 2020 at 9:36 pm
I am sure the people of Alderley would like to thank Geoff for all his hard work and wish him all the very best for the future. He will be sorely missed by a lot of people.
Alan Brough
Friday 22nd May 2020 at 7:16 am
Many thanks Geoff.

I believe that Alderley Edge is a better, friendlier place since the "Magnificent Nine" stepped forward.

Your hard work has been much appreciated.
Geoff Hall
Friday 22nd May 2020 at 11:11 am
Many thanks for your kind comments above and for those who have contacted me directly. I do appreciate them. The very best part of being a Parish Councillor has been meeting and working with all the people who give so much time – mostly unrecognised - to make what many of us think of as the ‘real Alderley Edge’.

They’re the volunteers who serve meals for the elderly, organise food banks, run scout and guide troops, litter-pick, plant flowers, man our library, run our Heritage Centre and History Groups, organise the annual Music Festival and May Fair, the Institute Trust, the PTAs, Community Speedwatch, as well as events at Christmas and much more. Not forgetting the nine volunteers who run the Parish Council and the volunteers who have given thousands of man hours to create our Neighbourhood Plan - which gives us the chance to have a say in the future of our village.

I hope that, once this crisis is over, we will not just give more recognition to the NHS and care workers, but also to the many volunteers and to the local family businesses who are at the heart of this beautiful village.

In the meantime, Helen and I are not going anywhere. Helen has re-registered as a doctor, and I will still be involved in supporting community events. I’ll also be out walking Jess the dog, so do stop us (at a suitable distance of course!) to say hello.
Best wishes
Geoff
Malcolm McClean
Friday 22nd May 2020 at 12:02 pm
Is it really five years since AE First moved in? It has been a magnificent success and demonstrates that party politics need have no place in Parish Councils.

Things have run so smoothly that it is easy to forget the adversarial, top-down and at times bullying ethos that existed before.

Well done to Geoff and everyone involved.
Peter Bugler
Sunday 24th May 2020 at 7:27 am
Thank you Geoff (and the rest of the team).
Terry Bowes
Sunday 24th May 2020 at 12:56 pm
Very sorry to see Geoff go, done a brilliant job along with our other Councillors.
Time to enjoy a nice long , well deserved retirement.

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