After being postponed last year, an historic election will now take place in Bridlington on the 23rd September to elect twelve local people who will serve as Assistants to the Lords Feoffees organisation.
The election comes after the deaths of elected Lords since the last election which has now resulted in the reduction to six active Lords Feoffees.
Current serving Assistants have been automatically elevated to become Lords, creating the need for an election to replenish Assistant Feoffees members.
Candidates can only stand for election if they own the freehold of a property or have a long lease-hold (with at least 50 years of the lease remaining), within the newly extended boundaries of Bridlington (see map). A proposer and a seconder for each candidate is also required.
The Lords Feoffees organisation own a number of properties in Bridlington including shops and residential dwellings and the building which houses Bridlington Library on King Street. Their latest project was a bespoke housing development – Dairy Close – which is situated off Scarborough Road.
The group also allocates grants and bursaries to help youngsters with further education and also assist a number of schools and organisations with funding requests.
The Feoffees meet at the historic Bayle building in the old town of Bridlington, near to the Priory. The organisation dates back almost 500 years to 1636 when a town charter was created.
The present Chief Lord is Ian Thompson who took over the role – which is held for a year – from Dr Allan Watson earlier this year.
Further information for those wishing to stand in the election please see the Lords Feoffees website: www.lordsfeoffees.co.uk. Please see page 49 for the official public notice declaring the intention to hold an election.