Serving as a councillor on any parish or town council is controlled by the rules and regulations laid out in the Local Government
Act 1972 (LGA 1972). Shinfield Parish Council has capacity for 15 serving councillors. In many cases those who put themselves forward for a seat on the parish council are uncontested. This council, generally speaking, has more seats than there are nominations. Nonetheless, the election process is adhered to and elections are held every four years. Seats remaining vacant at this time can be filled by co-option, subject to the correct procedures being followed.
Between elections further vacancies arising can also be filled by co-option, providing each vacancy is duly notified and
Broadly speaking, anyone who has a desire and sufficient spare time to serve the community can become a councillor. Their appointment is subject to the qualifying criteria being met and the individual being willing to adhere to the statutory
Code of Conduct for Parish Councillors.
A candidate must be:
A candidate cannot:
Relevant skills are:
Either contact the council, via the Clerk, the Chairman or the Vice Chairman, stating your desire to serve on the council, or come along to any of our meetings. We welcome candidates from all walks of life and appreciate a diversity of skills and knowledge. Everyone who joins the council enhances our skills base in one way or another.
Administration of formal elections is undertaken by Wokingham Borough Council. The next election will take place in May 2011.
If you want to stand you can obtain the necessary forms from the clerk or from:
The Returning Officer
Wokingham Borough Council