Co-Option Vacancies

Published: 11 May 2021

Mrs Carol Macleod Clerk to the Parish Council

Parish Rooms Breage HELSTON TR13 9PD

Tel: 01326 574781 Mobile: 07767165077

Following the 6th May election Breage Parish Council has co-option vacancies for Parish Councillors.

Those co-opted must receive a majority of votes of those councillors present and voting at the meeting at which the co-option takes place.

Parish Councillors are the essence of local democracy and have a vital role in speaking and acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They are unpaid volunteers from the local community who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place to live and work and represent the views and concerns of those who elect them. They understand local concerns, debate issues within council meetings and use their best judgement to make decisions.

They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives. A Parish Council is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972. Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting. Councillors are known locally and are often asked for advice or help; it is their responsibility to seek an answer or solution through the council. All Councillors must agree to abide by a Code of Conduct and to declare any interests which may conflict with their duties as Parish Council members.

Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.

All elected Councillors retire after a four year term, but casual vacancies may well arise in the intervening period. The next full elections will be in May 2021.

To become a Parish Councillor you will need to be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination and a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

(a) is registered as a local government elector for the parish;

(b) has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish;

(c) his/her principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish;

(d) had during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.

Certain people are disqualified from becoming Councillors. You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • work for the Parish or hold paid office under the council which has the vacancy; or
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order; or
  • have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, in the past five years; or
  • have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month, apart from January and September when it is the second Tuesday, and also on the Wednesday before each Ordinary Parish Council Meeting to discuss and vote on planning and land use matters. The meetings are held in the Parish Rooms, Breage, TR13 9PD.

Should you be interested in this vacancy you must be sure that you are eligible to stand and please let the Clerk know as soon as possible then formally make application in writing to the Clerk by 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 26 May 2021 giving some personal details: former work; committees; family; interests; how long you have been in the Parish; why you wish to be a Councillor, etc. You are welcome to do this by e-mail. The Clerk will supply the address. You will then be asked to attend the Parish Council meeting in the Parish Rooms, Breage on Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. when a vote will be taken.