Kidsgrove 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
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?