Get Ready For The Parliamentary Election on 12 December

The Parliamentary election process officially starts today with the publication of the Notice of Election.


Voting at these elections

Anyone eligible to vote at the election on 12 December will receive a poll card soon. Please check your details are correct when the card arrives.

Anyone who lives in the Constituency but is not registered should do so as soon as possible. The deadline to register is midnight on 26 November. To register, visit Register to vote.

If you can’t get to the polling station on election day, you may vote at these elections by post or proxy (where someone else votes for you). To vote by post or proxy, you must apply to your local Electoral Registration Office.

For more details on your voting options, please visit How to Vote.

For the latest information on the current and future elections in Cotswold District please view:


Notice of Election for Two Seats on The Parish Council

The notice of election to fill two vacancies on Upper Rissington Parish Council has been published. Nomination papers are available to download below and the elections team can supply paper copies on request.

Completed nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at the offices of Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX on any working day between 9am and 5pm and no later than 4pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

If the election is contested, then a poll will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019 – that’s the same day as the General Election.

Please see the notice of election for details.


Completing the nomination papers

The pack includes nomination and consent forms. To stand in the election, a candidate must be nominated by two people on the electoral register for the parish. The consent form requires your name, address, electoral roll number and a declaration of eligibility. If you don’t already know the electoral roll numbers, then Cotswold District Council’s elections team can look them up for you. The Electoral Commission has published guidance on how to complete the declaration, which is reproduced below. It is advisable to complete as many sections of the declaration that apply. While this may appear onerous, it isn’t as difficult as it seems. The elections team will assist where they can, and could check the validity of your form electronically in order to save wasted journeys  – just scan and send a copy to


Want to know more about what is involved in being a councillor? The website has lots of useful information. Please contact the Clerk or any member of the parish council with any questions.

Upper Rissington Parish Council Seeks New Councillors

Following the Upper Rissington by-election on 17th October, two members were elected, but two seats remain vacant. Since an election has been called, the remaining two seats must be filled by election.

Another election will be held, and we have been advised this will take place before 5 December 2019. The actual date of the by-election will be published as soon as it has been confirmed.

Upper Rissington Parish Council is looking for community-minded individuals to come forward and join the parish council. If you are interested in standing for election, now is a good time to ask any questions you may have.

What does a councillor do?

A councillor’s primary role is to represent the interests of the parish and the people who live in it. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to engage with you and the council. Good communication and teamwork are vital.

Below are two documents that describe the work of parish councils that we hope you find useful. You will also learn a great deal about the work of the parish council by checking our website and minutes of past meetings.

Another useful resource is the ‘Be a Councillor’ website.


Am I eligible to stand as a councillor?

To be eligible to stand as a councillor you must be at least 18 years old AND a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen AND be on the electoral register for the parish OR live or work in the parish or within three miles of it on the day of your election. The document below explains in more detail.


If you are unsure whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor,  contact the electoral services department at Cotswold District Council for advice.

Any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

Notice of Uncontested Election, September 2019

Two nominations were received for the four vacancies on Upper Rissington Parish Council, so the two are elected unopposed. We look forward to welcoming Sam Broadhurst and Kelvin Walker as members of the council.


Cotswold District Council will need to re-run the elections process for the remaining two vacancies, and new dates will be announced in due course. If you are thinking of putting yourself forward as a member of parish council, or have any questions about being a councillor, then please let us know.