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Becoming a Councillor

How will I know when an opportunity to be on the Parish Council arises?

Any vacancies arising for Councillors and requests for nominations in Election years are advertised in the 'Dover Beck' village magazine and on this website and the myoxton.org.uk community website.

Who can apply to be a Councillor?

A Parish Councillor must be:

  • a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election
  • for the whole of the 12 months prior to nomination he/she must:
    • have been an elector of the parish and either occupied or owned/rented premises in the parish, or
    • resided within 3 miles of the boundary of the parish, or
    • had his/her principal or only place of work in that area
You cannot stand for election if you:
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for.

How can I find out more about being Councillor?

Download NALC's comprehensive guide to Becoming a Councillor for more information including:
  • Qualification guidelines to become a parish councillor
  • How to become a parish councillor
  • The election procedure
Contact the Clerk or have a chat with other Councillors...
jan sablitzky,
Nov 15, 2011, 5:46 PM