The word councillor with partial definition

The role of a councillor is very varied and involves contributing to decisions on local policies and issues affecting residents. Council and committee meetings are held approximately twice a month and, on average, being a councillor requires around 10 hours commitment per month.

Being a councillor is a fantastic way to get involved in real grass roots democracy and influence local services and facilities for the benefit of the community. The Council is involved with some exciting projects including recent construction of the Claire Tiltman Centre, successful referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan, Recreation Ground Masterplan scheme, Carbon Net Zero 2030 and Tree-Year Plan.

In order to be eligible, potential councillors must fulfil eligibility criteria: they must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, over 18 and on the Electoral Roll. In addition he/she must either have lived or worked in or within three miles of the parish in the past year.

Parish councillors are elected every four years at the local elections. The next parish elections will take place in May 2023.

At the local election, residents from each of the five wards in Stone vote for a candidate to represent the ward in which they live. Eligible candidates for election must be nominated by two electors in the ward in which they wish to represent.

Eligibility for office includes being a Commonwealth or Euro citizen, being aged 21 or over, and either working or residing within three miles of the parish.

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Bye-elections

Should a councillor vacate his or her seat during the four-year term, either voluntarily or through other means, a bye-election may be held to fill the vacancy if a request to hold a bye-election is made within fourteen days by ten or more local electors from the ward which the councillor serves.

If a vacancy is declared, formal notices are displayed around the parish to notify electors of their right to request a bye-election by writing to the Returning Officer at Dartford Borough Council.

Co-option

If a bye-election is not requested by local electors, the council is required by law to fill the vacancy by a process called co-option. This sees the council formally acknowledge the absence of a request for a bye-election and subsequent invite of expressions of interest from local residents who would like to be considered to fill the vacancy.

Candidates expressing an interest are then invited to a council meeting where their application will be consideration by the council. The successful candidate will be the person that receives support from a majority of those present and voting.

Statements of persons nominated can be seen opens in a new windowhere.opens PDF file

Results from the election held in May 2019 can be seen opens in a new windowhere.