Parish Councillor Vacancy


Join our local team and become a Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Cllr Geoff Broom, the Parish Council is seeking to fill his place by co-option.

No special qualification is required to be a councillor, indeed it is important that all sorts of people serve as councillors to give good representation of the community.

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

If more than one person indicates their interest in becoming a Parish Councillor, you will be asked to prepare a short verbal or written statement about why you are interested in the role, and the Parish Council will make their decision by a majority vote.

What do Parish Councillors do?

Parish Councillors meet once a month to discuss and act on issues of importance to the local community.  Parish Councillors set and monitor how a proportion of local taxes are spent in the Parish, make comment on planning applications in the Parish and consider projects to improve or enhance the local area.  Local Government is changing and Parish Councils are seeing an increase in the opportunities to influence decisions made that affect our local community.

Please see the following resources for more information:

Standing for Elections as a Town or Parish Councillor Prepared by Communities Parish and Local Councils (CPALC)

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.

Thirteen reasons for not joining the Parish Council provided by The Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC)