Parish Council elections are usually held in May, together with a County or a District election. All members of the Parish Council have to either be re-elected or stand down every four years.
If you would like to become a Parish Councillor you must be sure you are eligible to stand, and then submit a set of nomination papers. These are available from the District Council, either by post or by downloadable (pdf) file from the Cherwell District Council website.
If a vacancy arises in the Council and an election is not called within a specified period, the Parish Council normally advertises and fills the place by co-option. If you would like to apply to become a Parish Councillor through co-option, please contact the Clerk, Rachel Faulkner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Parish Council at Exeter Hall on 01865 372143. She can tell you more about it and let you know the process.
Why become a councillor?
See the thoughts of two recently elected councillors, Melanie Moorhouse and Lesley McLean.
Who can be a candidate?
To be qualified to be elected a member of the Parish Council you must be 21 years of age or over at the date of your nomination, and a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community, and either: