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Councillor Vacancy – Co-option information

Dear Residents


NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY – (Local elections Parishes and Communities 1986)


Mr Andy O’Brien, Returning Officer, East Staffordshire Borough Council has advised Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council that they may co-opt a member (Councillor) onto the Parish Council.  Date of Notice 28.05.2021

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council meets 10 times per year, normally in either Stramshall or Bramshall venues.

The Parish Council normally has 9 Councillors, but currently 8, hence one vacancy.

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has a number of powers and duties, for a full list, please read the Good Councillor Guide, see details below.

Please read the minutes on our website, so that you gain an understanding of the Parish Council and you will see that the Councillors are involved in a number of projects and would welcome any resident, who qualifies, (see criteria below), to join them to ensure that the parish council can fully serve the residents of the parish.


The legal criteria are set out below:


The Council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to service provided they are a British Citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the notice, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least one of the following they may apply.

1. They are registered as a local government elector for the parish
2. They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner/tenant any land or premises within the Parish
3. Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been within the parish
4. They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it
5. They must also be 18yrs or older on the day they apply.

Please be aware that access to the internet/computer and skills in email, Word and Excel are essential to carry out the duties of Councillor.


Please visit the Council website, to familiarise yourself with the policies, plus note the dates of the meetings, as attendance is a requirement to all meetings in order to conduct the business of the Council.

It is suggested that you also read the “Good Councillor guide”, located in the documents/regulations and policies area of the website, before applying for the role.

The Parish Council main website is

How to apply and the process:

After reading the above and you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please apply to the Clerk by email  on or before the 18th June 2021.

In the first instance could you provide your name, address, time lived at the address, confirmation that you meet the legal criteria (see list above) and a brief outline of your vision for the community of the parish and how you could contribute to the parish council.

The Councillors would welcome you to attend at least one meeting before applying, the date of the meeting to attend is 6th July 2021 at St Lawrence Church Meeting Area, Church Lane, Bramshall, ST14 5BQ starting at 7.30pm – Covid Guidelines will be adhered too.

Candidates will initially have an informal discussion with the Chair and Vice Chair and then be invited to meet the Councillors in the meeting 7th September 2021, with a view to confirming co-option at that meeting. (Venue of meeting to be confirmed in July meeting, due to Covid Guidelines)

The Council look forward to receiving your application before 18th June 2021.


Mrs VRE Gibson, Parish Clerk.              Date: 28th May 2021

ESBC Notice to Co-Opt – Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council 28.05.2021