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Speldhurst Parish Council

What is Co-option?

By Mr Chris May Speldhurst Parish Council

Friday, 26 April 2019


Speldhurst Parish Council Contributor


This year, there will be no Parish Council Elections on 2nd May, because there are thirteen seats available and only 11 candidates standing. We are now looking to co-opt two further Councillors – but what is co-option?

Co-option is a means of appointing a Parish Councillor when no election has been called. During a normal four year term, a vacancy occurs when a Councillor resigns, fails to attend Parish Council Meetings for six consecutive months, or passes away. If this happens, Speldhurst Parish Council must ask the electorate if they wish for an election to be held, via the Parish noticeboards and website. A minimum of ten electors need to respond for an election to go ahead.  After fourteen working days with no response from the electorate, we can advertise the post.

At election time, the rules of co-option are slightly different. This year, there are two seats available and the parish Council is entitled to co-opt Councillors without advertising for up to thirty-five days after the election date of 2nd May. Anyone who is eligible and interested in being co-opted can get in touch with Chris May, Parish Clerk, on 01892 862927. They can also expect to attend an informal interview with up to three of our Parish Councillors and the successful candidate will be co-opted as a Parish Councillor for the rest of the term.

To find out more about how rewarding it can be to serve as a Parish Councillor, take a look at this Guide, produced by the Kent Association of Local Councils. 

Contact Information

Mr Chris May

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Council Office, Langton Green Recreation Ground, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0JJ