ECHO COMMENT: An election in Tewkesbury that just shouldn't be happening
IS there ever an occasion when democracy has to take a back seat to common sense?
In Tewkesbury, we might just have reached that point.
A by-election is being held for one seat on the town council at a cost of £6,800.
This is a town council that has 15 of its 16 seats already filled. The ward concerned is already represented by five other councillors.
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It would seem that - unless there is a major political debate about to take place that most of the town is unaware of - little will be achieved by a on-off election.
Opponents of the poll argue that someone could be co-opted without any damage to the council’s make-up – it happens regularly elsewhere – but those who have forced the election say voters must be given their say.
Let’s see how many candidates come forward for the Mitton seat – and how many vote. There must be better ways of spending almost £7,000.