Any person wishing to be considered to act as a Parish Councillor must be qualified to hold office. Sections 79-81 of the Local Government Act 1972 contain the relevant provisions regarding the qualification of candidates, as follows:
To qualify as a candidate and to continue to hold the office of Parish Councillor a person must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union and, on the relevant day, must have attained the age of eighteen years.
In addition, the candidate must qualify under at least one of the following conditions:
- on that day and thereafter s/he continues to be registered as a local government elector for the parish (meaning the whole area of the parish);
- during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish;
- during the 12 months preceding their principal or only place of work has been in the parish;
- or during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has been resident in the Parish or within 4.8 km of it (of its parish boundary)
It is also necessary that the candidate should not be disqualified from holding the office of Parish Councillor for any reason set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972. A copy of which can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.
A letter of interest stating the reasons why you feel you would make a good Councillor and that you certify you fulfil the eligibility for the post, subject to section 80 as detailed above, should be sent to the Parish Clerk.
Candidates will then be expected to attend a Parish Council Meeting where they will have a chance to ask any questions they may have to current councillors.
For any further information about what being a Councillor entails, please feel free to contact a current councillor who will be happy to discuss this with you.