Parish Councillor Vacancies

HARBERTON PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCIES

Join our local team and become a Parish Councillor

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for co-option to the Parish Council.

Following the resignations of Nuala McDonnell, Martin Phillips and Gwen Janes as Harberton Parish Councillors there are now three a vacancies on the Parish Council.

1 in the ward of  Harberton

2 in the ward of Harbertonford

The Parish Council would like to fill places by co-option as soon as possible.

A notice to advertise the first vacancy in Harbertonford was posted on the 30th September 2021.   Unless ten or more electors of the Harberton Ward, on or before the 14th October 2021, submit a request in writing for an election to be held, the Town/Parish Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.

A second notice to advertise the second vacancy in Harbertonford and the vacancy in Harberton was posted on the 8th October 2021.  Unless ten or more electors of the Harberton Ward, on or before the 27th October 2021, submit a request in writing for an election to be held, the Town/Parish Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Requests must be sent to the Returning Officer, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE

No special qualification is required to be a councillor.  It is important that all sorts of people serve as councillors to so that all parts of the community are represented.  Training for new councillors is also available to help you understand the responsibilities of the role.

If you think you’d like to join the Parish Council or would like to know more, please get in touch with the clerk (clerk@harbertonparishcouncil.org) who is happy to talk with you about the role and what’s involved.

If more people indicate their interest in becoming a Parish Councillor than the number of vacancies available, candidates will be asked to give a short statement about why they are interested in the role, and the Parish Council will make their decision by a majority vote.

What do Parish Councillors do?

Harberton Parish Council is made up of 12 voluntary councillors, 6 from the Harberton Ward and 6 from the Harbertonford Ward.  They meet once a month to discuss and act on issues that are important to the local community.

The Parish Council sets a proportion of local taxes to be spent in the Parish, comments on planning applications in the Parish and run projects that help maintain, improve or enhance the local area.  Local Government is changing and Parish Councils are seeing an increase in the responsibilities and opportunities to influence decisions made that affect our local community.

Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents’ lives. 

Please see the following resources for more information:

All About Town and Parish Councils  prepared by The National Association of Local Authorities (NALC)

It takes all sorts prepared by NALC in 2011 as part of a drive to encourage individuals from under represented groups to become local councillors.

Make a Change, Become a Councillor Campaign from NALC to encourage people from all backgrounds to put themselves forward to join Parish and Town Councils.  The site includes a number of short films collated where you can hear from Parish Councillors about why they joined their council and what difference they hope to make.