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Kidsgrove Town Council - Does your Councillor Still Represent You?

kidsgrove town councilKidsgrove residents will soon receive the mail shots arriving on doormats from the political parties campaigning to win your vote. This year as well as being the European Elections it is also Kidsgrove and Butt Lane ward elections.

However with it starting to be election season we thought we should take a look back at the last lot of Kidsgrove Town Council elections and how many councillors who were elected, still remain in post?

Kidsgrove Town Council is the local council which actually has a very limited powers as a council, with all members elected being unpaid for their contribution to the council. Kidsgrove Town Council does however have a budget and gets a proportion of council tax from local residents, so they have every right to be held accountable, just like Kidsgrove residents would of Newcastle Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council.

The last elections for Kidsgrove Town Council took place in 2011. The results then saw the following elected to the council;

Butt Lane Ward

Raymond Astle
Silvia Burgess
John Evans
John Holdcroft
Kyle Robinson
John Taylor

Kidsgrove Ward


Margaret Astle

Reginald Bailey

Leslie Goldspink

Tricia Harrison

Mary Maxfield

Kyle-Noel Taylor

Newchapel Ward

Elsie Bates

Carly Grattage

Victor Jukes

Paul Waring


Ravenscliffe Ward 

Gill Burnett

Stephanie Burnett

Geoffrey Locke

David Stringer   

Talke Ward

David Allport

Matthew Banner

David Daniels

Janet Parsons


What is interesting is to compare how many of them are still a councillor today. After all it has been hard not to notice some advert being placed asking if people if they want to apply to be co-opted on to Kidsgrove Town Council over the past council period.

We have highlighted in RED all of those councillors who stood for election and have since left the council (according to the information published on Kidsgrove Town Council website), to be replaced by unelected councilors.

The information above suggests that 9 Councillors have left Kidsgrove council since being elected. This actually works out that 38%, or more than ⅓ of Kidsgrove Town Council is currently made up of unelected councillors. This does raise questions about how democratic the whole process is? Kidsgrove residents could ask for an election when a member leaves, however it is estimated this could cost £5000 per election which if this had been the case here would have cost Kidsgrove residents £45,000.

So the real question is when casting your vote is how many of the names standing will still be your local Kidsgrove Town Councillor at the next election?


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0 #2 Barry 2014-04-25 16:33
Are they all from the same party? Seems a high turnover but then if your not getting paid after the initial election I bet the excitement wears thin.

We have some decent ones now who work in the Kidsgrove Town Partnership.
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0 #1 Sarah J 2014-04-25 14:15
Then they wonder why people don't vote! What's the point when some of those standing clearly don't want to do the job in the end?

Think I'll not bother voting this time.
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