Thurston Parish Council May 2023

Vacancies on the Parish Council

Following the uncontested election (4 May), there are still three (3) vacancies on the parish council.

Villagers are actively encouraged to apply to join the Parish Council, and it is always good to welcome new members.  Ideally, all age groups and a wide demographic should be represented on a Council and we’ve been lucky enough to have this in the past.  

A Parish Council is the local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and makes representations on their behalf to other bodies (e.g. on planning matters).  It is the level of government closest to the community.  As it is the authority closest to the people, the Parish Council is invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason, it is a vital part of any community.

Who can become a Parish Councillor?

Any resident of Thurston who:

  • has occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of nomination and the day of election;
  • is at least 18 years old;
  • is a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union (this hasn’t changed!).

You will also need to meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  1. you are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the Parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards;
  2. your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area;
  3. you have lived in the Parish or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election;
  4. you 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 your nomination and the day of election.

To find out more about Thurston Parish Council please use this link to be redirected to the Council pages for further information regarding the election process; roles and responsibilities; finances; meetings; planning etc.

The Good Councillors Guide is a really good introduction to the work of Parish Councils and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has also produced a booklet All About Parish Councils

If you are interested in being co-opted onto the Parish Council please contact the Thurston Parish Clerk Victoria Waples email: clerk@thurstonparishcouncil.gov.uk for a co-option form, or even a chat about the work of the Council.