Becoming a Hockliffe Parish Councillor

We currently have 1 vacancy. So, if you are interested, read on…

Serving as a councillor on any parish or town council is controlled by the rules and regulations laid out in the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972). Hockliffe Parish Council has the capacity for 7 serving councillors. In many cases, those who put themselves forward for a seat on the parish council are uncontested.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 2nd Monday of every month (except August) and the following Monday when there is a public holiday.

This council generally has healthy representation, and there are more nominations than seats. Nonetheless, the election process is adhered to and elections are held every four years. Seats remaining vacant can be filled by co-option, subject to the correct procedures being followed.

Between elections, further vacancies arising can also be filled by co-option, providing each vacancy is duly notified and nominations invited.

Broadly speaking, anyone who has a desire and sufficient spare time to serve the community can become a councillor. Their appointment is subject to the qualifying criteria being met, and the individual is willing to adhere to the statutory code of conduct.

Qualifying criteria
A candidate must be:

  • A British subject or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union,
  • At least 18 years of age,
  • A local government elector for the area of the authority, or for during the preceding 12 months, lived in the parish or within 3 miles of the parish, have owned or occupied land in the parish, or worked in the parish.

A candidate cannot:

  • Hold paid office or employment within the council
  • Be subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • Have been within the last five years convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for over three months

Relevant skills are:

  • Good listening skills
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Good local knowledge

More information about becoming a Parish Councillor and duties and responsibilities of office can be found in “Then Good Councillors Guide” available for download at

Applying to fill a casual vacancy
To qualify for co-option onto a Parish Council, a candidate must be a British Subject, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a relevant citizen of the European Union, and have reached eighteen years of age AND

  1. be registered as a local government elector for the Parish of Hockliffe or
  2. have during the whole of the past twelve months occupied, as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the Parish of Hockliffe, or
  3. have had his or her principal or only place of work during the past twelve months in the Parish of Hockliffe or
  4. have, during the past twelve months, lived in the Parish of Hockliffe or within 4.8 kilometres of it.


The Clerk to Hockliffe Parish Council
47 Manor Avenue