Published on April 26th, 2020 | by Clerk to Aynho PC0
Parish Councillor Vacancy
Following the resignation of Andy Anderson who has served as a dedicated member of the Council for 20 years the process of recruiting a new Councillor has started. The Clerk has notified the Returning Officer who has issued a notice which has been displayed on the two council notice boards for 14 days. (No later than the 14th May)
An election will be called if ten residents, who are registered to vote in the parish, write to the Returning Officer requesting that an election be held. (The Returning Officer, South Northants Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD). Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place as soon as practicable and in line with the Local Government and Police Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.
If an election is not called the Parish Council the vacancy may be filled by co-option – the following procedure will apply:
The Parish Council will post a notice on the notice boards to advertise the vacancy. The notice will also include the closing date for all expressions of interest to be received.
When the applications have been received the Parish Clerk will consider the application(s). If there is more than one applicant then the decision will be decided by a vote.
To qualify for election as a Parish Councillor, and to hold such an office, an applicant must be British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any other member State of the European Union and on the relevant day (the day of nomination or election) have reached 18 years of age or over.
In addition, they must meet at least one of these four qualifications.
1. Be on the electoral register for the Parish.
2. Owned or tenanted land or premises in the Parish.
3. Have a place of work in the Parish.
4. Resided in the parish or within 4.8km (3 miles) of the Parish boundary.
An applicant may be disqualified from standing (or being co-opted), if they are employed by the council, have had bankruptcy restriction orders made against them or they have a previous criminal conviction with a prison sentence of three months or more.
If you are interested please contact the Clerk initially on email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Council would encourage applicants to join our next meeting (which are held virtually on the Zoom platform) on May 4th at 7:30pm.