Parish of Burton Dassett
VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
FOR THE TEMPLE HERDEWYKE WARD
NOTICE is hereby given, in accordance with Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Temple Herdewyke Ward of the Parish of Burton Dassett, by reason of the resignation of Councillor Fiona Onslow-Free on 21st October 2019.
Any ten local government electors for the parish ward may require an election to be held to fill the said vacancy. To do this, they must send a written request to the Returning Officer, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, which must reach him not later than 12th day of November 2019. No set form of words is necessary.
If such a request is received by the Returning Officer, an election will be held. If no request is received, the vacancy will be filled in due course by co-option by the remaining members of the Parish Council.
Dated this 23rd day of October 2019.
By order of the Parish Council
Clerk to the Council
FILLING OF A CASUAL VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
- When a casual vacancy arises, public notice shall be given by the Parish Council concerned. If it is a case in which the Parish Council declare the office to be vacant, notice must be published immediately after the declaration; and in any other case it must be published as soon as practicable after the vacancy has occurred.
(Local Government Act 1972 – Section 87(2))
- Publication of
the notice is performed by posting it in some conspicuous place or places
within the area of the Parish Council and in such other manner, if any, as
appears to the Parish Council to be desirable for giving publicity to the
notice. It is obviously desirable, but
not a requirement, that the notice shall be posted in the particular Ward
concerned, as well as on the usual Parish Notice Board.
(Local Government Act 1972 – Section 232)
- The notice must
state that on a particular date a casual vacancy on the Parish Council
arose. The notice itself must be dated
with the date on which it is published and must state that any ten local
government electors for the parish in which the vacancy has occurred may serve
a notice in writing of their request for an election to be held to fill the
vacancy. It must also state that the
written notice of the electors’ request must
be given to the Returning Officer of the Stratford-on-Avon District Council at
Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon within 14 days after
publication of the Notice.
In computing 14 days, the day of publication is not to be counted, Saturdays and Sundays and certain other days (e.g. days around public bank holidays and days appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) are to be disregarded. If there is any doubt about the effect of this method of computing the timetable the Returning Officer’s staff would be pleased to assist.
- If a notice in
writing is given to the Returning Officer in accordance with the above an
election must be held to fill the vacancy.
The arrangements for the election will be made by the Returning Officer.
- If no notice in
writing reaches the Returning Officer, the Parish Council themselves must fill
the vacancy (i.e. by co-option) “as soon as practicable”.
Note : If a casual
vacancy arises not more than six months before the day on which the Councillor
would regularly have retired the provisions for an election do not apply, but
the Parish Council may (but is not obliged to) fill the vacancy by co-option.
(Local Elections (Parish and Communities) Rules 1986 –
- Parish Council
Clerks are asked to let me know when casual vacancies occur among their
Councillors and to send me a copy of the notice when published by the Parish
Council. This will enable me to let them
know in due course whether a written request for an election is received, and
therefore whether an election is to be held or the vacancy is to be filled by
co-option by the Parish Council.
- A draft form of notice is printed on the reverse of