Parish Councillor Vacancies

HARBERTON PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

Join our local team and become a Parish Councillor

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.

If you would like to put yourself forward as a Harberton Parish Councillor for either the  Harberton or Harbertonford Ward please either get in touch with the clerk (clerk@harbertonparishcouncil.org) or come along to the next meeting of the Parish Council to introduce yourself.

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 verbal or written 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.

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.