Councillor battling cancer is forced to step down

Published on: 11 Apr 2017

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Town councillor Bill Moore has been disqualified from the council after confusion over a dispensation given to him as he battles cancer.
The council originally believed Mr Moore, right, (Independent, Northville) could remain on the council despite missing more than six months' of meetings consecutively, which normally triggers disqualification.
But South Glos legal experts have told town clerk Lesley Reuben that Mr Moore can no longer remain on council.
Mr Moore told the town council: "When I was told I had cancer over 12 months ago,  I was told I didn't need to worry (about my position on the council). But apparently  there is no legal way round it and I'm out of the council.
"I'm extraordinarily unhappy about this. I had grown quite attached to the council.
"I had tried to keep in touch with what was happening but I don't have the computer equipment to help me."
The council said equipment was offered to Mr Moore at meetings and for his home, which he disputes.
Mr Moore told the council he found out through a member of the public which he said he was not happy about.
A vacancy will now be advertised which will lead to a by-election or a co-opting process. There will also be a by-election prompted by the  resignation of Cllr Stan Sims due to ill health.
Ten members of the public petitioned for the by-election meaning it must go ahead, at a cost to the council. However an arrangement with South Glos over polling card production will save the council £500
Chairman Darryl Collins said the council didn't want to have the expense of a by-election but they had no choice.
Mr Moore is eligible to put himself forward for either vacancy.

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