Seaford Town Council to re-run second by-election after elected councillor didn’t take his seat

Seaford Town Council offices SUS-150129-085516001
Seaford Town Council offices SUS-150129-085516001

Seaford Town Council is being forced to re-run a second by-election after one of the elected councillors didn’t sign the necessary declaration form in time.

Conservative Gary Bedford was elected to the council to represent the Central Ward, alongside Rahnuma Hayder, Penny Lower and Debbie Silvey-Adam, in the recent May elections.

However, Mr Bedford has not taken up his seat on the town council after failing to sign his declaration of office in the required timescale, without asking for an extension. A reason for this has not yet been given to Seaford Town Council.

A date for the Central Ward by-election will be announced in due course.

The by-election for Seaford East Ward is also having to be re-run following the death of Conservative candidate John Boots in May. This will now take place on June 25.

It is thought the cost of re-running a by-election stands at around £6,000.