At least 70 people are trying to oust two councilors for representing a village in Kent while living in France.
Husband and wife Jon and Fabienne Hughes have lived in Bearsted, near Maidstone, for more than 20 years.
During this time, they joined the local council, focusing on local green spaces, planning issues, waste and the condition of nearby roads.
But the couple recently moved to France – where Fabienne is originally from and has family.
It is believed that they decided to rent out their home after it failed to sell fast enough.
The last time they attended a regular council meeting was in January, although they returned to Bearsted for the annual council meeting on 27 April.
By law, a ward council must hold a major annual meeting and no fewer than three additional meetings per year.
About 70 locals have signed a letter to local newspaper Kent Messenger asking for the Hughes to be removed from the council.
Tony Grieve, a former councillor, argued it was “quite unreasonable” that they continue to act as representatives.
He said: “If they can’t be here, they should step down and make way for new councilors to be elected – that’s democracy.”
Community clerk Erin Sugden championed the couple, insisting there’s “a lot more to being a community councilor than just attending meetings,” adding that “a lot can be done online and through email.” .
Metro.co.uk has reached out to the Hughes family for comment.
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at email@example.com.
For more stories like this, Visit our news page.
Get the top news, feel-good stories, analysis and more
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/08/kent-villagers-ask-councillors-to-resign-because-they-live-in-france-16781931/ Kent villagers are asking councilors to resign because they live in France