Becoming a councillor

Who can become a Councillor and how long for?

Anyone can be nominated to become a Parish Councillor, subject to meeting the following criteria.


Nomination criteria

  • You are over 18
  • You are a British national or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • You are registered to vote
  • Within the whole of the 12 month period prior to seeking nomination as a candidate, you have lived within the Parish or within three miles of the Parish or own land or premises within the Parish or have your principal or only place of work within the Parish.

You may not become a Parish Councillor if:

  • You are a paid employee of the Parish Council
  • Within the previous five years you have been convicted of an offence and have been sentenced to not less than three months' imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine
  • Within the previous 12 months you have been subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order
  • If you are subject to any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.


Parish Council Elections

Ordinary Parish Council elections take place every four years - usually on the first Thursday in May unless this clashes with a parliamentary general election. The next Parish Council election for Clanfield will be on.

A Parish Councillor will serve for a period of four years if elected at an ordinary election unless they resign before the end of that period or become disqualified for any reason. If a vacancy occurs in between the scheduled four yearly elections, there may need to be an extra election to fill the vacant position.

If there are an insufficient number of valid candidates for an election to fill all of the vacancies on the Parish Council, all those who have been validly nominated are automatically elected as councillors.


When insufficient candidates are proposed for seats at an election, the council may choose someone to fill a vacancy through co-option.