Parish Councillor vacancy



Notice of Co-option



Have you ever thought about becoming a Parish Councillor? This is a great way to get involved in the community and to make your mark. We are always looking for good people of any background to express an interest or put their names forward.


Following notices posted on 3rd October and 24th October 2018 of two vacancies on the Parish Council, an election by public ballot has not been called. The Parish Council will therefore now proceed to fill this vacancy by co-option.


If you would like to put your name forward, please write to or email Adam Persson, Parish Clerk, to be received by midday on Tuesday 27th November (The Market House, Church Street, Martock, TA12 6JL or . Please include a one-page summary of yourself, including your background, why you want to become a parish councillor and what in particular you can offer.


Nominations will be brought to the full Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 28th November 2018, to which you will be invited and should be ready to make a short statement and answer any questions from members. After that meeting members will then vote on who to appoint.


To be eligible as a Parish Councillor you must:


  • be a British Citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union;
  • be 18 years old or more;
  • for the whole of the 12 months prior to nomination:
    • have been an elector of the parish and either occupied or owned/rented premises within the parish, or
    • resided within 3 miles of the boundary of the parish, or
    • Had your principal or only workplace within that area.


You cannot stand for election if you:


  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order;
  • have, within 5 years of the day of election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months without the option of a fine;
  • work for the council that you want to become a councillor for.


More information on the roles and duties of a local councillor can be found in the Good Councillors Guide, which you can download below.


For an informal chat about the role and what might be expected from you, please get in touch with Neil Bloomfield, Chair of the Council, on 07545 951917,, or speak to any other member of the council.






MPC Notice of Co-option November 2018

Good Councillor's Guide 2018