There will be a contested election held on Thursday September 2017 to fill the vacancy on the Council left by the sudden death of our Deputy Mayor, Cllr Geoff Graham. Full details of the candidates and the polling stations can be found on the Notice of Poll linked below.
The Council has received notification from the external auditor that the audit of the accounts and finance governance arrangements for the financial year 2016/17 have been audited and no areas of concern identified.
The accounts are available for inspection by the public at any reasonable time.
The notice of conclusion of audit and the Annual Return are attached below.
STANLEY HALL WARD OF STANLEY PARISH
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
That due to the death of Councillor Geoff Graham, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by 11th August 2017 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to:
The Returning Officer
by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy; otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 15th October 2017.
Dated: 24th July 2017
It is with great regret that we announce today that our Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Geoff Graham passed away on 18th July 2017. The staff and members of the Council are shocked and saddened by the news. Geoff was co-opted onto the Council in 2015 after having been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for many years and volunteering to be a public representative on the Stanley Area Action Partnership. He was successfully re-elected in May for the Stanley Hall ward. Prior to his Council and voluntary service, Geoff had served in the Royal Artillery for 25 years and worked in industry locally. He was thrilled in May to have been chosen by his colleagues to be the Town’s Deputy Mayor and had thrown himself into his new role with his customary enthusiasm, good nature and ready smile. As a Councillor, Geoff was the driving force behind the Town Council’s decision to hold an Armed Forces Day celebration in 2016 and again this June and was deeply involved with all the planning for these events. He attended his last Council meeting on the day of his passing and stated he was looking forward to planning next year’s event. At the meeting Geoff had also spoken about his latest project, which was to see a wild flower garden created in East Stanley Cemetery, a project which his colleagues will no doubt see through on his behalf. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Geoff’s wife Marcelle and all his family. Geoff was a passionate local Councillor who wanted no more than to put back into local community. He was incredibly supportive of the Town Council’s staff and his colleagues on the Council and was a genuinely good bloke. He will be missed by all of us.
There will be two Committee meetings this week:
Projects & Initiatives, 6.30 pm, Tuesday 13th June 2017
Finance & Governance, 6.00 pm, Wednesday 14th June 2017
All Stanley Town Council Meetings are open to the public. Both this week’s meetings will be held at the Civic Hall, Front Street, Stanley.
The full results of last Thursday’s local elections showing all the votes cast for each candidate are attached below.
Three Councillors were elected unopposed in the Tanfield ward, all the other 17 seats were contested. The final balance of the Council for the next term is Labour 14 Councillors, Derwentside Independents 6 Councillors.
The Annual General Meeting, the first meeting of the newly elected Town Council, will be held next Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 6.30pm in the Civic Hall.
The most important item of business will be for the Council to elect a new Chairman for the Civic year, followed by the membership of Committees and review of Governance Documents.
All meetings are open to the public.