URGENT talks were held at Fylde Council after it emerged its leader had not been formally elected for close to a year.
Information recently presented to the council revealed that on May 23, 2011, an item of business to elect Coun David Eaves as leader was omitted from the agenda.
The item was put forward at a full council meeting last night where councillors worked towards resolving the situation.
Fylde council chief executive Allan Oldfield said: “In May 2011 there should have been a procedural item on one of our agendas to elect the leader of the council.
“That item was omitted following an officer error. No-one spotted that following the meeting.
“Since the error in 2011 the leader has behaved and been recognised as the leader. He was elected in 2010 for four years.
“No-one knew it had been omitted. We are looking into why it was missed. We employ human beings. With government cuts we have fewer and fewer officers taking on more and more work and these things can happen.”
Mr Oldfield added that legal advice has been sought about whether there are any further risks as a result of the error.