VACANCY FOR TOWN COUNCILLORS:
GRANGE WARD and MEADOW WARD
Do you want to make a positive difference in your town?
Would you like to influence decisions that affect your community?
If you answered yes to those questions, then have you considered becoming a Town Councillor? Being a Town Councillor is an exciting opportunity to help shape the area you live or work in. You need to be willing to give up some of your time for this role, but how much time depends on you – your commitment to working for your community without being paid. As a minimum, you will need to commit to meetings of the Town Council, which are held on the last Thursday of every month (excluding August) and to membership of one of the council’s statutory committees (don’t worry, we know you won’t always be able to make every meeting).
There are currently two vacancies on the Town Council; one covering Grange Ward and one for Meadow Ward. Having been through the prescribed procedure no election has been requested; as a result, the vacancies will now be filled by the co-option process, with appointments being made at a meeting of the Town Council. You don’t necessarily have to live in these wards, but you do need to meet the following criteria: -
Unless otherwise disqualified, a person is qualified to be co-opted as a local councillor if they are:
- at least 18 years old
- a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
and meets at least one of the following four qualifications:
- The applicant is, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which they wish to stand from the day of their co-option onwards.
- The applicant has occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their co-option.
- The applicant’s main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of their co-option has been in the parish area.
- The applicant has lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their co-option.
A councillor's role can include responsibilities such as developing strategies and plans for the town, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions, as well as talking to the community about its needs and about what the council is doing.
If you would like further details or to receive an application form, please contact the Town Clerk on the above details or visit the Town Council’s website. Closing date for applications to be received is Noon on Monday 23rd October 2023.
Mrs M Parker
Clerk to the Council
28th September 2023