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Former City of Lincoln Council leader Darren Grice to be kicked off authority

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

Councillor Darren Grice

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A former City of Lincoln Council leader will be kicked off the authority after failing to attend any meetings in the last six months.

Councillor Darren Grice’s attendance has plummeted since he and the Conservative Party lost control of City Hall in 2011.

Cllr Grice represents more than 7,000 constituents in Lincoln Bracebridge ward.

But his failure to attend full council on Tuesday evening means he will be dismissed as a councillor.

Cllr Grice has attended 18 meetings in the last two years out of a possible 58.

In the last 12 months turned up to one out of a possible 10.

He failed to attend any meetings in the last six months.

According to Section 86 of the Local Government Act 1972, a councillor who fails to attend meetings for six months loses their position and a by-election must be triggered.

Andrew Taylor, chief executive of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Where a member does not attend any meeting of the council for a period of six consecutive months, then they cease to be a member of the council.

“This is unless they have received prior approval from us. No such request has been received from councillor Grice.

“There are no grounds for an authority to retrospectively approve a reason for failure to attend meetings after the six month period has expired.

“The council must now declare the vacancy.

“We are therefore now preparing a timetable and will announce further details once this is finalised.”

A by-election must now be held within 35 days of July 8 when voters will go to the polls.

Cllr Grice last attended a meeting on January 8.

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  • Bill_Bilton  |  June 27 2013, 12:30AM

    Menshy ..... do we need a City Council ? .... well of course we do. Why is the City of Lincoln such a great place to live ..... because of our independance. We've had a Council and City status for over 800 years..... that is well before that upstart called Parliament .... LOL All Councillors allowances are public, and available on the website..... they are not as high as you imagine.

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  • Menshy  |  June 26 2013, 9:59PM

    Why replace him at all? Do we really need the City Council? There are 32 other councillors on this council surely they can manage a gap of one until the next scheduled election since they seem to have managed well without him for a couple of years? A councillor gets paid a basic allowance of about £4K and then adds on for membership of committees etc, plus expenses, meaning that leaders of councils etc can accrue £20K pa and upwards for leading/attending a few meetings a month. Surely the basic allowance should be 'performance' related and accessed only after the minimum input requirement has been satisfied? Cllr Grice should repay anything he's been paid in the last 2 years.

  • JaneThompson  |  June 26 2013, 5:03PM

    I stand corrected SMorris! On another note, surely if they don't attend meetings after 3 months they should stop being paid an allowance?

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  • SMorris_LE  |  June 26 2013, 4:31PM

    Hi JaneThompson, The picture caption is factually correct as Cllr Grice will remain in office until July 8. The Local Government Act 1972 says that he will be removed from office six months after the last meeting he attended which was on January 8.

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  • blindimp  |  June 26 2013, 3:35PM

    Man's a disgrace.

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  • JaneThompson  |  June 26 2013, 3:27PM

    Surely the photo should say former councillor?

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  • Phil1W  |  June 26 2013, 2:44PM

    As he was elected in good faith by the public and has failed in his duties as an elected councillor how about making him pay the public costs of a new election? If this were to be the punishment for people who get themselves elected and then don't do the job we might get more councillors elected that want to work for their communities rather than just take the allowances for sitting there putting their hand up once a month when they can be bothered to turn up!

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  June 26 2013, 2:24PM

    Great. More money down the pan. How about paying councillors' allowances monthly, and if they don't show they don't get paid? Hit the little troughers where it hurts.

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