Town and Parish Council Vacancies

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Current vacancies

The following councils have a vacancy for a councillor:

Council Ward (if appropriate) Vacancies Last date for election requests Outcome
Perranarworthal Parish Council     31 March 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021 
St Austell Town Council  Mount Charles Ward  1   15 June 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Penryn Town Council  East Ward  1 July 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Penryn Town Ward  West Ward  24 July 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Launceston Town Council  Launceston South Ward  31 July 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Sennen Parish Council     2   25 September 2020   By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Maker with Rame Parish Council     28 September 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021
Launceston Town Council  Launceston South Ward  30 October 2020  By election called - no election until 6 May 2021 
Perranzabuloe Parish Council Perranporth Ward 1 2 November 2020 Co-option
Sancreed Parish Council   1 5 November 2020 Co-option 
Mevagissey Parish Council   2 6 November 2020 Co-option 
Linkinhorne Parish Council   1 12 November 2020 Co-option 
Torpoint Town Council   1 16 November 2020 Co-option 
Michaelstow Parish Council   1 16 November 2020 Co-option 
Menheniot Parish Council   1 17 November 2020 Co-option 
Mylor Parish Council   1 17 November 2020 Co-option 
Pelynt Parish Council   1 17 November 2020 Co-option 
St Cleer Parish Council   1 17 November 2020 Co-option 
Poundstock Parish Council   2 18 November 2020 Co-option 
Wadebridge Town Council Wadebridge West Ward  1 18 November 2020 Co-option
Dobwalls and Trewidland Parish Council Trewidland Ward 1 19 November 2020 Co-option 
Lanivet Parish Council   1 19 November 2020  Co-option 
North Petherwin Parish Council   1 19 November 2020  Co-option 
Maker with Rame Parish Council   1 24 November 2020 By election called - no election until 6 May 2021 
St Breock Parish Council    24 November 2020  Co-option
Truro City Council Boscawen Ward 1 26 November 2020 Co-option 
Penzance Town Council East Ward 1 26 November 2020 Co-option 
St Dominic Parish Council   1 27 November 2020 Co-option 
Hayle Town Council South Ward 1 27 November 2020 Co-option 
Lewannick Parish Council   1 30 November 2020 By election called - no election until 6 May 2021 
Landrake with St Erney Parish Council   1 1 December 2020 Co-option 
Withiel Parish Council   1 1 December 2020 Co-option 
Marazion Parish Council   1 10 December 2020 Co-option 
St Mewan Parish Council Trewoon Ward 1 16 December 2020 Co-option 
Lostwithiel Town Council   1 6 January 2021 Co-option
Maker with Rame Parish Council   1 3 February 2021  
Camelford Town Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Town Council may co-opt.
St Agnes Parish Council St Agnes Ward Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Mevagissey Parish Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
St Dominic Parish Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Kenwyn Parish Council Threemilestone Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Calstock Parish Council Gunnislake Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Crowan Parish Council Leedstown Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Saltash Town Council East Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Town Council may co-opt.
St Erme Parish Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Gwennap Parish Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Ruanlanihorne Parish Council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt.
Helston Town Council Helston North Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Town Council may co-opt.
Penryn Town Council  West Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Town Council may co-opt. 
Lezant Parish council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt. 
Breage Parish council   1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt. 
Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council Gwinear Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt. 
St Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council Trenance Ward 1 Not applicable No by-election required. Parish Council may co-opt. 

 

Become a Parish or Town Councillor

If you are interested in becoming a Parish or Town Councillor you will need to meet the criteria below. 

If a vacancy is available and you meet the criteria, please contact your Parish or Town Clerk to express your interest.

A candidate for a Parish or Town Council is qualified if: 

  • he or she is a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of another European Union State.
  • has attained 18 years of age, and
  • is either:
    • in the register of electors for that Parish/Town or has during the whole of the preceding twelve months
    • occupied land as owner or tenant
    • had a principal place of work there
    • resided in or within 4.8 kilometres of it.

Procedure when a casual vacancy occurs 

A casual vacancy on a Town or Parish Council may arise for a number of reasons for example, a Councillor has:

  • resigned
  • passed away
  • failed to attend any meetings for 6 months

All resignations must be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Parish Council. Once received that resignation cannot be withdrawn.

When a vacancy occurs, the Parish Clerk must notify Electoral Services at Cornwall Council as soon as possible with the details of which Councillor has caused the vacancy.

The vacancy must then be advertised in the Town or Parish, usually on parish noticeboards, for a period of 14 working days excluding dies-non (e.g. bank holidays and weekends).

During this time, an election can be requested by 10 electors from the electoral area in writing to Electoral Services at Cornwall Council. The request must be received by the last date on the notice of vacancy for an election to be held.

If the 14 days have passed and an election has not been requested by ten electors, the Town or Parish Council will be informed that they can co-opt a suitable person onto the council to fill the vacancy.

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