Midhurst voters forced to share a county voice

VOTERS in Midhurst who were left without a voice at West Sussex County Council when their representative Nola Hendon moved abroad, have been told they will have to share with another ward.

Petworth’s county councillor Chris Duncton and Fernhurst’s councillor Michael Brown are apparently sharing the role at Midhurst until county council elections take place next May.

Conservative councillor for Midhurst Nola Hendon attended her last meeting of Midhurst Town Council in July saying she was leaving for Minorca with her husband Peter at the end of the month.

At the time, Midhurst voters believed a by-election would to be called, but now they have been told Cllr Duncton and Cllr Brown will cover the area as well as their own.

Cllr Duncton told Petworth town councillors: “It really means it’s put a lot more pressure on Michael Brown and myself, which we will try to take on only as and when we can. My parishes will obviously get priority and it’s obviously a lot of extra work. It’s going to be very difficult.”

On Monday night chairman of Midhurst Town Council John Etherington told his members Cllr Duncton had said he would “do his utmost” to attend meetings if town councillors had important issues to discuss.

He did not attend on Monday as he already had Kirdford, Fittleworth and Duncton meetings.