Become A Councillor
The Parish Council extends a very warm welcome to anyone who would like to apply to become a Councillor. We are looking for all sorts of people, all shapes and sizes, bringing all kinds of skills. We are seeking to involve anyone interested in improving local lives. We are particularly keen to increase diversity on the Council and to embrace a range of different knowledge and experience.
Could this be YOU?
Do you have concerns about any local matters?
Would you like to have your say?
Would you like to have an impact and create change that matters to local people?
This is the deal...
Meetings are generally held on Monday evenings. Go to the Diary for details.
Everyone attends Full Council, but you can decide just how much you want to get involved in the three sub-committees covering Finance, Planning Applications in the villages, and Environmental concerns.
Some of the hands-on work takes place in working groups
Working group meetings happen at various times of day and you can choose, for example: Community Engagement, Village Enhancement, Biodiversity, Library, Skate Park, Health and Wellbeing, Children and Young People, protecting the Green Belt, LA Community Association.
Wondering if you're eligible to become a Parish Councillor?
- You need to be 18 or over
- Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
- And meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
- You have lived in the parish/community area or within 3 miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
- Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.
- You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
Read more about the requirements of anyone wishing to become a Parish Councillor here.
You can choose to have a 'Buddy' – an experienced Councillor to help you ease into, and understand, the intricacies of Council life.
Want to know more? Want to have an informal chat with a councillor? Want to have an informal chat with the Clerk? Contact us.
All candidates should put their request for consideration in writing, using the application form below along with the following additional information:
- reason for wishing to be councillor
- any previous community/council work
- any other skills that will be of benefit to the council
What is co-option?
Co-option is the process by which the Parish Council selects a new Councillor and it is done as an agenda item within a monthly Parish Council meeting.
There are two ways that co-options can occur:
- When an ordinary vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council after the ordinary elections held every four years
- When a casual vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council and no poll (by-election) has been called
Councillor co-option policy (PDF, 148 Kb)
This policy sets out the procedure to ensure there is compliance with legislation and continuity of procedures in the co-option of members to Long Ashton Parish Council. The co-option procedure is entirely managed by Long Ashton Parish Council, and this policy will ensure that a fair and equitable process is carried out.
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