Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils
(Affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils)
Yes – most people are. However there are a few rules.
In the case of a sitting member of a parish or community council you can also satisfy the criteria to be elected if you have lived in the council area or within 3 miles of it for the whole of the 12 months preceding the “relevant day”.
Ordinary elections of local councillors take place on the first Thursday in May every four years. For most local councils election year is 2003, 2007 etc. but where the principal authority (county, district and unitary authority) councillor is elected in some other year that is also the year of the local council election.
Reorganisation of local government may cause alteration of the election day and election year in some cases.
In calculating the timetable the Bank holidays and weekends are disregarded.
A prospective candidate must deliver or send by post to the Returning Officer a valid nomination paper. This form is obtained from the Officer. The candidate’s surname, forenames, residence and description (if required) must be entered and his or her number and prefix letter from the current register of electors. The Returning Officer has a copy of this register, and the clerk of the local council normally has one.
The nomination paper must also contain similar particulars of a proposer and a seconder. They must be electors for the area for which the candidate seeks election (i.e. the parish, community or town or the ward if it is divided into wards): they must sign it.
The returning officer appointed by a principal authority (district, borough, county or unitary authority) is the person responsible for the conduct and arrangement for community, parish and town council elections.
If you are considering becoming a candidate for election it could be wise to contact the Returning Officer to obtain any more detailed information.
Avon Dassett Parish Council
The Reading Room
If you wish to contact us you can do so by:
Email: For our clerk:
or for our Chair
Phone to our clerk - Helen Hide-Wright:
Our clerk is a part time role and it is possible that she might not be always available to receive telephone calls. However, if she is not available please leave her a message and she will deal with it as soon as possible.
Or use our