Local Council Elections 2023

Local Council Elections

Have you ever thought about standing as a Parish Councillor?

Every 4 years every Councillor must step down and be re-elected by the community.  The next local elections took place on Thursday 4th May 2023. All seats became available for re-election and five seats were filled. How Caple Parish received one nomination and has two vacancies; Sollers Hope Parish received two nominations and has one vacancy; and Yatton Parish received two nominations and also had one vacancy. A new member has since been co-opted for Yatton Parish. If you would like to be considered to be co-opted onto the council, please contact the Clerk.

The role of a Parish Council is to improve the quality of community life for their parish and its inhabitants.  They can:

  • Give views on behalf of their community on consultations, planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;
  • Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;
  • Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish or alert them to problems or work that needs to be undertaken;

You can become a Parish Councillor if you are a citizen of the UK, EU or the Commonwealth, are over the age of 18 and if you are an elector in, work in, live in or live within 3 miles of the area of the local council. However, you may not become a Parish Councillor if you hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the gift of the council; have been declared bankrupt in the past 5 years and have not repaid the debt; or have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past 5 years.

If you think this might be for you and would like to find out more, please get in touch by email at howcapleclerk@outlook.com or follow the links here:

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