Husband and wife joining Great Coates Parish Council 'not morally correct'
VOTING for another husband and wife to join a parish council could lead to "block voting," a councillor warned.
The concern was raised as Great Coates Parish Council co-opted husband and wife Carol and Mike Frankish on to the nine-member parish council.
It already has a husband and wife on the council with Brian and Lesley Winterburn.
Councillor Steve Souter-Smith, who was elected in a by-election just a few weeks ago, said before the vote to co-opt two new members it was "morally not correct" to have yet another husband and wife on the council.
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He said: "It could be constituted as a block vote."
His comment came after four candidates put themselves forward as co-opted councillors to fill two vacancies.
Mike Frankish was first to be voted on after securing five of the seven councillors' votes.
His wife then secured four votes over the two other candidates Shiney Thomas and Jim Masterson.
Mrs Frankish, a former clerk to the parish council at Thorton Curtis, said she hoped to use her experience of service to a parish council to the benefit of the villagers of Great Coates.
She said she and her husband had lived in the village for nearly five years.
Chemical and civil engineer Mr Frankish is also a magistrate at the Grimsby court.
He said he hoped to represent the community and enhance the village and improve it as a pleasant place to live.
Both signed the declaration of acceptance of the seats on the council and were welcomed by chairman Nicola Maasdam.
All the councillors agreed they would submit a profile and statement, which will be posted on the council website.
Later, Councillor Lesley Winterburn told the Grimsby Telegraph she did not always vote with her husband.
She said: "There are often times when we don't agree. I vote as an individual. I am not in my husband's shadow."
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