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Bishop's Stortford Town Council grants leave of absence to sick member

A long-serving Conservative Bishop's Stortford town councillor has been granted a leave of absence by fellow members owing to ill health.

Meads ward representative and former mayor Cllr Philip Demonti's request was agreed at a meeting of the full town council on Monday December 17.

Cllr Demonti, a previous chairman of the planning and development committee, is also a long-serving trustee of Rhodes Arts Complex and a stalwart support of ARC, the Animal Rescue Charity.

The town council's chief executive, James Parker, explained: "Cllr Demonti has requested leave of absence due to ill health, which may last for an extended period.

"Under Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972, a member of a local authority who, for a period of six months, does not attend any meeting of the authority ceases automatically to be a member unless the failure is due to some reason approved by the authority before the expiry of that period.

"The dispensation constitutes approval by the authority in advance of any possible breach of this six-month period.

The town council's leader, Cllr John Wyllie, said that Cllr Demonti would continue to deal with constituency business, despite his absence from meetings.

Local elections for town council and East Herts district council seats will take place in May 2019. All 18 seats on the town council are held by Conservatives.

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