Bill mounts for by-elections

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A SECOND by-election in just five months will cost the taxpayers of Bawtry more than £10,000.

The poll to elect a new member of Bawtry Town Council takes place on Thursday, October 18, and residents have a choice of two candidates.

Omid Khub is a solicitor with the Byrne Practice while John Walsh is the owner of the Coco Ice bar, both in Bawtry.

This is the second time this year that 10 or more electors have exercised their democratic right to request an election rather than have the casual vacancy, caused by the resignation of Coun Kate Sleight, filled by co-option.

Coun Peter Holland was elected on the same day as the borough elections in May, which cost the people of Bawtry around £3,000, but Doncaster Council has told Bawtry Town Council this month’s election will cost in excess of £10,000 which will be met from town council funds.