Cllr Baxendale steps down from the Council

Release Date: 01 July 2020

A by-election will be held in 2021 after the resignation of a Hampton Wick councillor, Dylan Baxendale.

Mr Baxendale, a member of the Green Party, was first elected to the Council in 2018. He sat on the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee. He represented Hampton Wick ward alongside Cllrs Brown and Millard.

He said his decision to step down was for personal reasons.

In line with the coronavirus legislation, any election is suspended until May 2021.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“It has been a pleasure to work with Dylan over the last two years, I’ve found him a pleasant and thoughtful colleague and I’ll miss his contributions. On behalf of the council I’d like to thank him for his service to the borough and wish him well in his future endeavours."

Cllr Richard Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, said:

“I know that this was a difficult decision for Dylan, but right now there is a strong need to focus on his work and family. He will continue to be a valued member of the Greens, and a larger than life character.”

Dylan Baxendale, added:

“It has been an honour to represent the ward I live in over the last two or so years. I would like to especially thank my fellow ward councillors, Brown and Millard for their support and the excellent work they are doing for their community. I would like to thank all the Council and Members and wish them all the best of luck for the future, especially my fellow Green Party councillors”

A vacancy notice will be published and if requested by two electors a by-election will be held. Normally a by-election would occur within 35 days. In accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and regulations issued by the Secretary of State a by-election will not be held until Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances.

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Updated: 30 July 2020