No-show rule amended

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PARISH councillors have decided to abandon a standing order which set a three-month time limit for councillors who fail to turn up for meetings to be thrown off the council.

Great Cornard Parish Council’s policy and resource committee agreed to amend the ruling – first created in November 2009 when a councillor had refused to attend any meetings of the committees to which he had been elected.

The standing order said that if any member of any committee or sub-committee failed to attend meetings for three consecutive months, they would automatically cease to be a member of the council, unless they had a “statutory excuse” or their absence had been approved by the council.

A motion to change the standing order back to six months was passed unanimously on Monday.

Councillor Francis Jackson said: “There was a stage on the previous council when people didn’t turn up and we just didn’t know if we would have a committee present or not.”