Aston Clinton Parish Council have ONE Parish Councillor vacancy. Following the resignation of Cllr Ashley Judge in April 2023.
When a vacancy arises a notice of the vacancy will be posted on the council's website and noticeboards and the following process to fill the vacancy will be followed:
- The Parish Council will notify the Returning Officer at Buckinghamshire Council of the vacancy.
- The Returning Officer will send the Parish Council a notice which they have a duty to display for 14 days, informing residents of the vacancy.
- An election will be called if ten residents, who are registered to vote in the area where the vacancy has arisen, write to the Returning Officer requesting that an election be held.
If an election is called: The Returning Officer will set a date for polling day, and the election process will begin with the publication of a notice of election.
If an election is not called: The Parish Council may co-opt a Parish Councillor. This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons. The process is outlined in Aston Clinton Parish Council's Co-option Policy
An election was not called following Cllr Judge's resignation and Council are seeking to Co-opt a Parish Councillor.
Join our local team and become a Parish Councillor
Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the Council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for co-option to the Parish Council.
No special qualification is required to be a councillor. It is important that all sorts of people serve as councillors so that all parts of the community are represented. Training for new councillors is available to help you understand the responsibilities of the role.
If you think you’d like to join the Parish Council or would like to know more, please get in touch with the clerk on 01296 631269 or email [email protected] who is happy to talk with you about the role and what’s involved.
Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents’ lives.
How much time does it take up?
Aston Clinton Parish Council meet once a month for the council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two hours, depending on the agenda. Aston Clinton Parish Council has three committees; the Facilities Committee, the Planning Committee and the Finance and Staffing Committee to deal with specific subjects.
In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are required to attend other meetings representing the council, for example acting as a representative on an outside body, community activities or helping develop a new project for the community.
Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?
To stand for election on a parish council, you must:
– be 18 years old or over
– and a UK, EU or Commonwealth Citizen,
– and either be registered to vote on the current register with the local council; or have either worked or lived in the council’s area for 12 months or been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the council’s area or within 3 miles of it for 12 months.
You cannot stand for election if you:
– are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order;
– have, within five years before the day of election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
– you work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).