Mirfield Town council criticised over vacancy notices

Mirfield Town Council has been criticised for the way it advertises its vacancies.

And now it has emerged that a Kirklees elections manager has had concerns about the way the town council vacancies have been publicised in the past.

There are currently four vacancies on Mirfield Town Council after resignations in May.

Former councillor Imelda Marsden wanted to put her name forward to stand for election again, but did not find out that the vacancies were being advertised until after the deadline for nominations had passed.

She does not think that the vacancies were advertised as well as they should have been.

Mrs Marsden wrote to Kirklees Council with her concerns and the council’s returning officer, Adrian Lythgo, is now looking into ways that vacancies can be better publicised in future.

According to a Kirklees Council spokesman, Kirklees’ electoral services manager had raised concerns that vacancies in Mirfield had not been adequately advertised in the past.

He said in light of those concerns, this time Kirklees made sure that the vacancies were advertised in Mirfield Library, Mirfield Community Centre, the town council offices and on the Kirklees Council website.

However, there were no responses to those notices so the town council must now co-opt new members because there is no-one to stand for election.