Current Vacancies

Co-option Notice - Eastbrooke Ward published 14th July 2022

We are currently inviting applications for this vacant ward seat. Please see the information and links below to assist anyone thinking of applying. 

Qualifications to be a Town Councillor The clerk should check that any candidate applying to be co-opted meets the criteria to be a parish or town councillor. They should ask prospective candidates to sign a document stating that they meet the following requirements of the Local Government Act 1972, s.79(1):

They must be a British, Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or European Union citizen and must be aged 18 or over.

In addition, they must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• On the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the parish, or
• During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish, or
• During the whole of the twelve months before that day their principle or only place of work has been in the parish, or
• During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it

Certain people are disqualified from standing, these include paid officers of the council (including clerks), bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment (within last 5 years prior to date of election) -

Co-option procedure at council meeting It is always good practice to ask prospective candidates to write a letter of introduction detailing any relevant experience and why they wish to be a councillor. Councils may choose to speak to prospective councillors prior to the meeting on an informal basis particularly where there is more than one candidate for a vacancy. This can help councillors to select the most appropriate candidate. At the meeting, members should be informed of the names and addresses of anyone wishing to be considered or who has been nominated for consideration as a councillor. Councillors present at the meeting must then decide if they wish to nominate any of the persons named at the meeting or any other person known to them. Only councillors present at the meeting may nominate, second or vote upon a person to fill the vacancy. There is no obligation upon any councillor to nominate any of the applicants if they do not consider the person suitable for the office of councillor. Each candidate must be nominated by a councillor, and provided the nomination is then seconded, that person can be voted upon. There is no requirement that unsuccessful candidates at previous elections should be chosen first. Voting should be by a show of hands unless the council has adopted Standing Orders which allow another form of voting. The chairman of the meeting may exercise their casting vote in the event that there is an equality of votes. 

Introduction Pack for New Councillors.