Two by-elections needed in East Devon following resignations

A pair of by-elections are set to be held in East Devon in July after the resignation of two councillors.

Daniel Clark

Vacancies on the council have arisen in the Feniton and the Honiton St Michaels ward, with polls pencilled in to take place on Thursday, July 8.

One of the Honiton St Michaels seats became available after Cllr Luke Jeffery [Lib Dem] stepped down to focus on his University course, while the Feniton seat is vacant following Cllr Susie Bond [Independent] having moved to Berkshire to be closer to family and the end of virtual meetings, plus the allowing of by-elections again, meaning it is no longer practical for her to carry on in the role.

The notice of elections for both seats have now been published by East Devon District Council, and assuming more than one nomination is received, voters in the two wards will go to the polls on July 8.

Anyone wishing to stand in the election must hand in their nomination papers to the Returning Officer at Blackdown House in Honiton by 4pm on Friday, June 11.

Following the two resignations, the composition of East Devon District Council consists of Conservatives (21), East Devon Alliance (13), Independents (12), Liberal Democrats (7), Cranbrook Voice (3), and Green Party (2), with two seats vacant.

The council is currently run by a coalition of the East Devon Alliance, Liberal Democrats, Greens, and some of the Independents.

[Owl understands that, a couple of weeks ago, Susie Bond voted for a Tory leader (did she come all the way from Berkshire to do so?); and last year she voted to stay in the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan- not a “New Guard” Indy, more a Ben Ingham one.

In fact she was chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and Portfolio Holder of Strategic Development in Ben’s “independent” regime where much of the strategic development was run by “Build, build, build” Phillip Skinner.]