VOTE: Angry Midhurst voters say they have been abandoned

Nola Hendon pictured with West Sussex County Council leader Henry Smith and Midhurst and Petworth parish councillors during the fight to include the Wrestern Weald in the new national park
Nola Hendon pictured with West Sussex County Council leader Henry Smith and Midhurst and Petworth parish councillors during the fight to include the Wrestern Weald in the new national park

CALLS have been made for the resignation of Nola Hendon from her post as West Sussex county councillor for the Midhurst area after she emigrated to Minorca leaving voters in the lurch.

Miss Hendon, who represented the Midhurst division which includes some nine parishes as well as Midhurst itself, served as a county councillor for six years.

She announced she intended to resign at the end of July, promising there would be a by-election to replace her in mid September, but this has never taken place and earlier this month voters were told county councillors Chris Duncton from Petworth and Michael Brown from Fernhurst, would share Cllr Hendon’s duties until the scheduled elections next May.

Chichester District councillor Andrew Shaxson, who represents Harting told a county local committee: “We don’t have a representative in the Midhurst division and frankly that is unfair on some 8400 electors. He asked: “When are we going to have an election?”

Cllr Shaxson pointed out Miss Hendon had told her parish councils she would be resigning at the end of July so a new representative could be elected: “Perhaps we could get in touch with her and say we would like her to do so.”

Cllr Shaxson said he felt the timing had been ‘quite deliberate’ so the £7,000 cost of the election would be saved.

County council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Resignation is an issue for individual councillors and the constituency association. In the meantime other local members will be assisting in Nola’s division. It is not unusual for councillors to cover for colleagues who are unable to carry out their day to day responsibilities as a result of sickness or some other circumstance. The parties all have experience at managing this sort of situation. “

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