North Tawton Town Council – Notice of Co-Option for one town councillor

Closing Date for applications is 1200 noon on Friday 9 April 2021

North Tawton Town Council (NTTC) currently has one vacancy for the position of Town Councillor.

Following the advertisement of a casual vacancy for the statutory notice period, the Returning Officer for West Devon Borough Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors have not been fulfilled and NTTC can now fill the casual vacancies by co-option.

If you are interested in serving as a Town Councillor, please submit your completed Co-option and Eligibility Application Form (available from the website or the Town Clerk) to the Town Clerk with confirmation that you consent for your application form be passed to the Members of North Tawton Town Council.

To be able to stand as a Town Councillor, an applicant must:

 be at least 18 years old on the day of application

 be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the

European Union  [NB – the relevant legislation has not yet altered further to Brexit, therefore this requirement still stands at present]

 meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

1   They are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish from the day of their application onwards.

2   They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their application.

3    Their main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of their application has been in the parish.

4    They have lived in the parish or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of their application.

You must not be disqualified from standing as a Councillor.

Additionally, NTTC request that Candidates should:

  • Submit information about themselves, by way of completing a short application form (Appendix A)
  • Confirm their eligibility for the position of Councillor within the statutory rules (Appendix B).
  • Attend at least one full council meeting prior to submitting an application for co-option. At this time, the most appropriate meeting to attend will be the Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 6 April – this will be an online meeting via Zoom, commencing at 7.15 pm (but please check noticeboard and website in case of emergency change of time).  Attendees should start logging on at 7pm in case of any difficulties.
  • Co-option applications will be considered at a special meeting of the Council on the evening of Monday 19 April 2021. Full details as to procedure will be sent to all potential applicants.

Please refer to the attached NTTC Co-Option Policy, Appendix A (short application form) and Appendix B (confirmation of eligibility to be a Town Councillor) of this policy are attached as separate documents

Queries should be addressed to the Town Clerk or Assistant Clerk by telephone (01837 880121) , email () , or via the online form on our website.