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Vacancy for a parish councillor

by Alison Skipper - Parish Clerk - 19:15 on 04 February 2016

A casual vacancy for a parish councillor on Caston Parish Council now exists. Would you like to be co-opted onto the Parish Council?

How to apply

You will need to write to the Chairman or the Clerk expressing your interest. It is helpful but not compulsory, if you could provide the Council in advance with a short C.V. or a few notes about yourself, your experience or anything that you feel will help the Council make its decision.

The application closure date is:- Friday 19th February at 4.00 pm

Will there be an interview?

You may then be invited individually, to attend an interview. You may be asked to tell the full council why you would like to be a parish councillor and what you feel you can offer to the community.

When all candidates have been seen, the full Parish Council will then decide, by voting for each candidate, whom they wish to appoint.

All applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the decision. A new member must make a Declaration of Acceptance of Office incorporating an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct and also complete a Disclosure of Interests form which will be held by the Monitoring Officer at Breckland Council and be available for public inspection.

Each Parish Councillor may also know of interested parties, so they could personally invite them to be part of this process.

What happens if only one candidate applies?

The Council would have to have good reason not to co-opt them.  The vacancy may be re-advertised if no suitable candidates apply.

Do I need to go to all the meetings?

Yes. In the role of a Parish Councillor you are expected to attend all the meetings during the year, one meeting per month. Occasionally there might also be extra meetings to discuss urgent matters.

What does the role entail?

  • The role is voluntary but you may be entitled to some expenses.
  • Training will be available. There are several courses in Norwich or nearer which you could attend.
  • It has been recommended that you will need to be able to offer a minimum of about 2 hours of your time on council matters each month other than council meetings. This would for reading emails and other articles sent in a folder for your information.
  • It also helps if you have a computer as much of the information is now sent to you via email. You will be given a specific email address for this use. Paper items are available if you do not have email or prefer both.
  • If co-opted you will need to:
  1. Abide by the Code of Conduct.
  2. Complete a Disclosure of Interests.
  3. Sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office. Copies of these are held by the Breckland Council Monitoring Officer and are available for public inspection.

To qualify to apply to be a Parish Councillor (co-opted or elected) you have to be: -

  1. A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union; and
  2. On the “relevant date” (i.e. the day on which you are nominated or if there is a poll the day of the election) you must be 18 years of age or over, plus
    1. On the “relevant day” you must also be a local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or
    2. Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or
    3. Have during that same period had your principle or only place of work in the council area; or
    4. During that 12 month period resided in the council area. In the case of a sitting member of a parish or community council you can also;
    5. Satisfy the criteria to be elected if you have lived in the council area or within 3 miles of it for the whole of the 12 months preceding the “relevant day”.

You cannot apply if: -

  1. You are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  2. Have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
  3. You are disqualified from standing as a candidate at elections to a particular parish or community if you are a paid officer or employee of that parish or community. But you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area.

Further information about the qualifications and the role of Parish Councillor are available from: -

http://www.breckland.gov.uk/content/being-councillor

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141798/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-P-and-C.pdf

 

Please address your application to either: -

Caston Parish Council Chairman
Mr. David Blincow
Wychwood House
Stow Bedon Road
Caston
NR17 1DN

Email: david.blincow@castonparishcouncil.gov.uk

Phone:  01953 488495 

 

OR to The Clerk
Alison Skipper
Midsummer House
The Street
Caston
NR17 1DD

Email: castoncouncil.clerk@gmail.com

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