Eligibility to be a Parish Councillor and co-option information

To stand as a Parish Councillor you need to meet certain requirements.

These requirements are in the document below – pages 3, 4 & 5 are the relevant pages.

The requirements apply if you stand for election or if you are co-opted to the role. A co-opted Councillor is one who is appointed to the Council by Councillors, rather than being elected. The requirements and duties are the same for all Councillors irrespective of how they attained office.

At the last election (May 2019) there were not enough nominations for the available seats so the Council is looking to co-opt Councillors to these vacancies. See below to find out how to be co-opted. If you have any questions about being a Councillor, please contact the Clerk.

Process for co-option:

Candidates should check they are eligible to stand (see above) and have some understanding of the role of a Councillor. More information about being a Councillor can be found on this website here

New Councillors are co-opted at a full meeting of the Parish Council. Candidates should send the Clerk some information about themselves stating what they would bring to the Council in advance of the meeting. Candidates are also invited to speak at the meeting to introduce themselves. The Councillors will then discuss the co-option and make their decision. Once the Declaration of Acceptance of Office has been signed, the candidate becomes a Councillor and can take part in the rest of the meeting.