We have just been informed that the newly elected Councillor, Dominic Gregory has declined the offer of a seat on the Council. This was communicated to the Council after the Draft version of the minutes from the Monday (11 October) meeting had been published. Once we have more, or have been informed about the likely new procedure to fill this vacant seat on the Town Council, we will publish an update.
Dominic Gregory was elected – by fellow Town councillors at a ‘behind closed doors’ session as part of last Monday evening’s ‘Extraordinary Full Town Council Meeting.
‘Behind closed doors’? Yes, Press and Public were excluded from the part of the meeting where the interview of the two prospective Councillors took place, and also from the actual voting.
Whenever a new Councillor has been Co-opted on to the Town Council, generally this has been done in an open session so that Marlborough residents (and the press) could sit in and hear what was being said (on their behalf?) by the sitting Councillors (who will decide) and indirectly by the Town Residents (via their ‘elected’ representatives). This time all members of the public – and press – were excluded.
So yet another new Marlborough Councillor is ‘elected’ (chosen) by (mainly) other non-elected Councillors.
The last Town Councillor elected to the Council by the electorate of Marlborough was, we believe, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton in a by-election in 2011. So none of the sitting Town Councillors have had to face the residents of Marlborough for election for over ten years, and they continue to decide, privately, who should join them.
What do we know of the new Councillor Dominic Gregory? Only what appeared in the agenda for last Monday’s ‘Extraordinary’ meeting:
Marlborough.news did request details from the Town Council of the result of the vote (who had been elected / co-opted) and details of the interviews on Tuesday of last week (12 October) but since then nothing has been forthcoming. We know nothing of Dominic Gregory, who he is, what he has done or why he should be a representative (elected?!?) for the residents of Marlborough other than that above. Or what he said – in private – to those sitting Councillors that persuaded them to either vote for or against him.