BENENDEN PARISH COUNCIL
PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY
Community Office, Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Kent, TN17 4DE
The formal process of co-option for the two vacancies on the Parish Council came to an end at the beginning of March, and as a result one vacancy was filled. This leaves one vacancy for a Parish Councillor.
Whilst the Parish Council has limited powers to make decisions on its own, it does have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, other organisations that make the final decisions. As it is the authority closest to residents, the Parish Council is invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For these reasons it is a vital part of the community.
By becoming a Parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.
The Parish Council usually meets once a month, except August. Occasionally, the Council will form a working group to investigate specific subjects. In addition to regular meetings, Councillors may also be asked to attend other meetings representing the council, but these meetings are infrequent.
To become a Parish Councillor you must:
- be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
- be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
- be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
- be a least 18 years old.
You must also:
- be an elector of the parish, or;
- for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
- during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
- for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.
If you feel you are interested in helping the Parish Council carry out its duties more effectively please email or write to the Clerk, by 19th May, setting out a little about yourself, what attributes you feel you could bring to the Parish Council, and why you would like to become a Parish Councillor.
Should more than one application be received for the vacancy, Councillors will decide the appointment by a vote in order to obtain a majority decision.