LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 – PARISH COUNCIL OF BURTON
Please note the following vacancy in the local parish council.
I GIVE NOTICE that a Casual Vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor of the Parish Council of Burton.
The Casual Vacancy must be filled by an Election only if a Notice in writing of a request for an Election is given to the Returning Officer, Christchurch Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AZ by 10 Electors for the Parish not later than 10 July 2017
If no such request is made within that time the Casual Vacancy will then be filled by the Parish Council.
Dated 20 June 2017
Clerk to Burton Parish Council
Address: Burton Parish Council
Town and Parish Councils: When a councillor’s seat becomes vacant the Town/Parish Clerk will notify the Elections Team at the District Council. The Clerk will display a ‘Notice of Vacancy’ in the parish area as soon as practicable.
The notice explains that an election can be called by a request made in writing to the District Council’s Proper Officer by 10 electors from the parish area (if the parish is warded, they must only come from the parish ward), within 14 working days of the date of the notice.
If an election is called it must be held within 60 days of the notice. If no request is received to call an election then the Town/Parish Council may then co-opt someone into the vacant seat.
This means that the Town/Parish Council can choose themselves who they wish to appoint to fill the seat, rather than holding an election.
The ‘Notice of Vacancy’ must run its course before the Town/Parish Council have the opportunity to co-opt a new councillor and this gives the electors of the parish a chance to call an election if they wish to.
If the vacancy occurs within 6 months of the date of the next scheduled elections for that council then no election is held, and the seat may remain vacant until it is filled at the next elections, or the council may choose to co-opt into the vacant seat.