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Becoming a Heath and Reach Parish Councillor

Becoming a Councillor

UPDATE – 24th February 2020 – all posts are filled.

Meetings are at 7pm on the first Monday of every month (except August) and the second Monday when there is a bank holiday. There is a choice of committees responsible for the cemetery, sports facilities, and finance that meet quarterly, at mutually convenient times, and a planning and environment committee that meets when necessary, usually in line with the full Parish Council meetings.

Serving as a councillor on any parish or town council is controlled by the rules and regulations laid out in the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972). Heath and Reach Parish Council has the capacity for 9 serving councillors. In many cases those who put themselves forward for a seat on the parish council are uncontested. This council, generally speaking, has healthy representation at Committee levels and at times there are more nominations than seats. Nonetheless, the election process is adhered to and elections are held every four years. Seats remaining vacant at this time can be filled by co-option, subject to the correct procedures being followed. Between elections further vacancies arising can also be filled by co-option, providing each vacancy is duly notified and nominations invited.

Eligibility
Broadly speaking, anyone who has a desire and sufficient spare time to serve the community can become a councillor. Their appointment is subject to the qualifying criteria being met and the individual is willing to adhere to the statutory code of conduct.

Qualifying criteria
A candidate must be:

  • A British subject or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A local government elector for the area of the authority, or for during the preceding 12 months, lived in the parish or within 3 miles of the parish, have owned or occupied land in the parish, or worked in the parish.

A candidate cannot:

  • Hold paid office or employment within the council
  • Be subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • Have been within the last five years convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for more than three months

Relevant skills are:

  • Good listening skills
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Good local knowledge

 

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