Wanted: Parish Councillors

Press Release: 14/07/2004

Four Parishes in the Winchester District are still looking for members to join their local Councils. Bishops Waltham, Colden Common, Sparsholt and Twyford Councils all have vacancies.

Parish Councils are involved in a wide range of local issues. They see all planning applications and are invited to comment on them, they are involved in the running and maintenance of parks and open spaces and often play a significant part in supporting a wide range of community activities.

Stephen Whetnall, Winchester City Council's Electoral Returning Officer, said " The parish councils are vital for the democratic process, allowing local people with local knowledge to help make decisions about issues that directly affect them. It can be a very interesting and rewarding position, being part of a team that can make a real difference to the lives of those in their area."

In order to qualify for a position on the Parish and Town Councils, candidates must:

Be at least 21 years of age
Be on the list of electors for the parish
Or, during the whole of the preceding 12 months have:

Occupied land in the parish as owner or tenant
or

Had a principal place of work there
or

Resided in or within three miles (4.8k) of the Parish.
There are six vacancies in total - Bishops Waltham and Colden Common have two each, while Sparsholt and Twyford have one each. Each Council is looking for enthusiastic members to take a genuine interest in local issues and who want to put something back into the community.

For more information about applying for one of these important vacancies then please contact the Parish Clerk. A list of all Parish Clerks is available on the Council’s website at www.winchester.gov.uk, or contact Winchester City Council electoral registration on 01962 848125, email ereg@winchester.gov.uk