Good Councillor Guide 2018

Parish Council Elections are held every 4 years – next one is 2026.

In between elections vacancies sometimes occur in which case Council may co-opt a candidate.

The council chooses someone to fill a vacancy if insufficient
candidates are proposed for seats at an election. An ordinary
election occurs every four years but there may be an
election when a seat falls vacant at other times. In addition,
if a vacancy occurs between elections (for example, by
the resignation of a councillor), the council must generally
publicly notify the vacancy and if no poll is claimed co-opt.
It is better for democracy if councillors are elected rather
than relying on co-option, so they can be confident that the
council is the community’s choice of representatives.