There is a vacancy for a councillor, due to the resignation of Clive John. The process for appointing a new councillor is governed by national law and the council is advised on this by Test Valley Borough Council.
A by-election will not be required, and the parish council is seeking to co-opt a new member.
You could be just the person to help improve your community by becoming a parish councillor. Perhaps you are already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step. Or you may be looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your local community. Being a councillor can give you useful skills in return for the effort you put in.
The council looks after various community assets including the recreation ground, pond, play area and War Memorial; makes comments on planning applications; and lets Hampshire county Council and Test Valley Borough Council know the views of the community on matters such as traffic, roads, planning and footpaths.
How much time you spend on your duties as a councillor is largely up to you and will depend on the particular commitments you take on. You will need to attend the Meetings, which are held in the evenings, generally monthly. You will be offered support and training to help you settle in to the role.
There are some legal conditions which councillors must fulfil:
You must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor, and you must:
• be at least 18 years old
• be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and
• meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.
d. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
Public elections are scheduled for May 2019. For the interim period, elections to the council will be voted for by the present sitting six councillors.
If you wish to be considered for the post, or for further information, please contact the Clerk.
(See the initial Notice here (now expired) inviting electors to call for an election.)