NOTICE OF A PARISH COUNCILLOR CASUAL VACANCY
Odiham Ward, Odiham Parish Council
Applications are invited for co-option
Odiham Parish Council covers the civic parish of Odiham which includes Odiham, North Warnborough and RAF Odiham. 10 councillors make up the Council who are appointed to represent the interests of residents. Following a councillor’s resignation, there is a vacancy covering the Odiham Ward. Councillors will hold positions until the next elections in May 2027.
All councillors are required to join full Council meetings which are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Much of the Council’s work is delegated to committees and working groups and councillors have the opportunity to chose which groups to join:
- The Amenity Areas Committee meets once a quarter and manages the Council’s buildings and open space facilities.
- The Planning & Development Committee meets once every three weeks as a statutory consultee on planning applications within the Parish. Generally these meetings are held by Zoom then decisions are ratified by the next full Council meeting.
- The Community Committee focuses on supporting the community such as grant funding, events and working with other community organsiations. Projects and event planning discussions are generally held by Zoom.
- The Finance Committee meets once a quarter to oversee the Council’s financial governance and administration.
The commitment of time required to carry out the councillor function varies, depending on the different committees, but all councillors need to allow sufficient time between meetings to read and action emails. The Council will face some exciting challenges during this election term such as developing the Council’s vision of transforming The Bridewell into a thriving community hub, organising celebrations to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-day, The Greening Campaign and other environmental projects which respond to the Climate Emergency.
If you are interested in being considered for co-option to the Council please write to [email protected] confirming you meet the eligible criteria* and providing a summary of the reasons why you have applied, with details of any skills and experience you consider to be relevant.
For more information about this role, you can contact the clerk for an informal chat on 01256 702716.
The above details are required by Friday 17th November to enable co-option to take place at the full Council meeting on 21st November. You will be invited to attend the meeting in person to support your application.
Andrea Mann, Parish Clerk
2nd November 2023
*Eligibility for office: electors over the age of 18, living or working in the Parish or within 3 miles of the Parish and not disqualified under the terms of the full Regulations which can be read under the Local Government Act 1972, sections 79-80.