Here is a copy of the official notice detailing in full the situation regarding the vacancy on Morcott Parish Council.
The notice was issued 2 September, and hard copies are pinned on both village notice-boards. The notice reads:
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF MORCOTT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that as a result of the death of Andrew Towell, a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish Council.
If by 20 September (14 days after the date of notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP by TEN electors for the said Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
The election will take place not later than 25th October 2013.
Date of notice: 2nd September 2013
* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, day of the Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.
“The Christmas break” means the period beginning with the last week day before Christmas Eve and ending with the first week day after Christmas Day which is not a bank holiday, “the Easter break” means the period beginning with the Thursday before and ending with the Tuesday after Easter Day, and “a bank holiday break” means any bank holiday not included in the Christmas break or Easter break and the period beginning with the last week day before that bank holiday and ending with the next week day which is not a bank holiday.