Marlborough’s vacant seat for a Town Councillor has finally been filled. Kelvyn Shantry is the new Town Councillor for ‘East’.
A long and protracted process, not a co-option (where Councillors decide their new colleague), rather an election, but not quite. In Kelvyn’s case there was only one nominee for the vacant seat, he applied, was deemed qualified, so was appointed, uncontested.
So technically not elected by the townsfolk of Marlborough, nor by the fellow members of the Town Council, but rather selected by the members of the Marlborough Conservative group committee.
Kelvyn isn’t new to Marlborough, the Town Council website explains that he was resident here for fifteen years, before moving to Devon, then returning here several years ago.
His likely first outing as a Town Councillor will be for Monday’s Mayor Making in the Town Hall – on 9 May – where Councillor Lisa Farrell will return as Mayor taking over from Councillor Mark Cooper who has endured with distinction one of the strangest and possibly most difficult of all Mayorships in the Council’s long history, that of being Mayor for two (seamless) years across the pandemic and lockdowns of the Covid period.