The Parish Council consists of eleven elected Parish Councillors who serve for four years. They are volunteers and receive no payment. They make the decisions at the monthly Council meetings. There are also committees including finance, planning, events and the Edwinstowe Village News editorial board.
Parish Council Responsibilities
Our responsibilities include:
Filling a Vacancy on the Council
The following information is provided by the Nottinghamshire Association of Local Councils.
Casual vacancies occur during a four year term of office when a councillor either resigns or is removed from office. It should not be confused with an 'insufficiency of candidates', which may occur after an election.
When the casual vacancy becomes known, the Clerk should, within a reasonable time, write to the returning officer at the district/borough council, alerting him/her to the casual vacancy. The clerk should at the same time place a notice in the usual village notice board, informing electors of the vacancy and stating that if any electors wish to call for an election they should contact the returning officer (give the correct contact details). Also give the time limit electors have to claim a poll - 14 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, public and bank holidays (yes, Saturdays are included in this time limit). If ten electors or more call for a poll, the returning officer will conduct the poll.
If not, then the parish council can co-opt, and there is no set procedure for this. A wise parish council will co-opt carefully, and ensure that it cannot be accused of nepotism. Our advice is to put a notice up inviting interested people to apply, but if there are no applicants, then the council will need to consider if it can invite someone who has shown interest in village affairs, or perhaps who has skills which might be helpful to the parish council. Once the person has agreed they must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office, and thenceforth they are a parish councillor and will remain so until the next ordinary elections, unless they resign in the meantime.
A council does not need to fill a casual vacancy if you are within 6 months of an upcoming ordinary election.
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