Vote of no confidence in Oakham mayor proposed

Oakham Town Partnership's next annual general meeting is being held at Victoria Hall

Oakham Town Partnership's next annual general meeting is being held at Victoria Hall

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The mayor of Oakham will face a vote of no confidence proposed by a fellow councillor.

Coun Martin Brookes has asked for the vote against Coun Alf Dewis. The vote will take place at a special meeting of the council in Victoria Hall at 7pm tonight (Wednesday).

Mayor of Oakham Alf Dewis.

Mayor of Oakham Alf Dewis.

Coun Brookes claims the mayor’s actions have “brought the council into disrepute”. The full reason for the vote, recorded in the agenda for the meeting, is: “That the chairman of Oakham Town Council and his unlawful actions have brought the council into disrepute and I therefore propose a vote of no confidence in the chairman.”

The extent of the “unlawful actions” are not specified in the agenda.

Coun Brookes will also raise a motion regarding payment to solicitor Wilkin Chapman and a contract with Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd.

Coun Dewis said he would not comment on the vote until after the meeting.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and can address councillors at a specific point in proceedings, prior to the vote taking place.

Councillors will also consider a grant application from the Rutland Citizens Advice Bureau, and a request for funding for the financial literary service provided by the Bureau.

A decision is likely to be made on whether to sign a lease with the Woodland Trust to create a new car park at Brooke Hill Academy.

And reports will be given on a headstone survey at Oakham Cemetery, fencing at land off Barleythorpe Road, and this year’s late night shopping event.

The full agenda can be seen at oakham.leicestershireparishcouncils.org.