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Opportunity to become a town councillor by co-option in Highbridge ward

BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council are calling on people with strong links to the community to put themselves forward for co-option to the council.

A spokesperson said: “There is a casual vacancy on the council in the Highbridge ward and we would like to fill this vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.

“A notice to advertise the vacancy in the Highbridge ward was posted on November 15. No request for an election was made, and therefore the council is now seeking to fill the vacant ward position by co-option.

“No set qualification is required to be a councillor. It is important that people of all backgrounds and experiences serve as councillors so all parts of the community are represented. Training for new councillors is available and encouraged to help you understand the responsibilities of the role.

“If you would like to join the town council or would like to know more, please complete an application form via our website: burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/projects

“Alternatively get in touch at info@burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk and we will be happy to talk with you about the role and what’s involved.

“Eligible applicants will be asked to come along to a town council meeting to make a short statement about why they are interested in the role.”

Who can be a councillor?

Almost anyone, as long as you are:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • At least 18 years old
  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You can’t be a councillor if you:

  • Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically restricted post
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.

 

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