The Electoral Services Department of Chichester District Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors have not been fulfilled and the City Council can fill the casual vacancy by co-option.
If you are interested in being co-opted on to Chichester City Council, you must meet the following criteria:
- A person is qualified to be elected and to be a Councillor if they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and on the relevant day (that is, the day of nomination or election) they are 18 or over.
- In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria
- on the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.
Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections.
Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers (including the Clerks) of the council, bankrupts, those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment and those disqualified by legislation.
The Full Council meets eight times a year and the successful candidate would be expected to join one of the Council’s Standing Committees. Further information is available on our website here: https://chichestercity.gov.uk/meetings/
If you would like to know more about the role, please contact the Town Clerk on 01243 788502, firstname.lastname@example.org or at The Council House, North Street, Chichester. PO19 1LQ.
Applicants should submit an application form and a supporting statement giving a brief explanation of why you are interested in joining the Parish Council.
Further information and application forms can be obtained from the City Council website (City Council Co-option process and application form) or in person from the front desk of the Council House in North Street.
Completed applications and supporting statements can be sent to the address above for the attention of the Town Clerk or emailed to email@example.com
Qualifying candidates will be invited to speak at a Special Meeting of Council after which a vote by Councillors will take place.
The closing date for written applications is: 5.00pm on Friday 14 October 2022
Download the information pack and application form here: City Council Co-option process and application form) or in person from the front desk of the Council House in North Street.