May 17, 2011
Administrative mix-up almost loses councillor the Chairman's role
town councillor Alan Miller became the Chairman of the town council's
influential Planning Applications Committee on Monday (May 16th),
but he almost missed out on the role after an administrative mix-up.
A vote of the 18 town councillors saw their allegiances split
50/50 with nine votes each for Cllr Pat Burge and Alan Miller
to take on the role.
meant the council's Chairman, Cllr Michael Clarke, had to step
in and make the difficult job of choosing one person using his
picked Cllr Pat Burge and explained that he'd decided on her based
on her previous experience as a member of the planning committee.
Cllr Neville Jones pointed out that Town Council rules state that
only councillors who are members of the Planning Applications
committee should vote for the Chairman - rather than all town
recount was held and the eight councillors on the committee picked
Cllr Miller as Chairman, while Cllr Burge had to settle for the
Deputy Chairman's role.
was an unfortunate mix-up, but I was pleased to be chosen as Chairman
in the end," Alan told Burnham-On-Sea.com.