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Downham Market Town Council votes in new policy to crack down on absentee councillors

A new policy has been implemented in a bid to crack down on town councillors missing meetings.

At the full meeting of Downham Town Council last Tuesday, the authority agreed to follow a new set of rules where if a committee member does not show up to two sub-committee meetings in a row and does not offer any apologies for their absence, they will be removed from that committee.

A vacancy would then automatically arise, with a new councillor appointed to the role. The motion was carried.

Downham Town Council has implemented the new policy
Downham Town Council has implemented the new policy

Cllr Anna Incorvaia had raised the issue after a member of the public contacted the council voicing concerns about absences at committee meetings.

Cllr Incorvaia said that on a number of occasions, only the minimum number of members required to hold such meetings have attended.

She added that one councillor has missed three meetings in a row without offering any apologies for their absence.

- Councillors also approved a motion to start declaring gifts that they receive which are worth £25 or more.

“This is for the public to see what the council does and that it takes it seriously,” Cllr Incorvaia said.

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