Conclusion of Audit for Year Ended 31 March 2018

The external audit for 2017-2018 has now been completed. The auditor’s final report and certificate have been published, and can be viewed here alongside the completed Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) – Sections 1,2 & 3.



The Notice of Conclusion of Audit details the rights of local electors to inspect the AGAR.


For guidance on local residents’ rights to inspect the accounts, please see the following guide from the National Audit Office (NAO): Local authority accounts – a guide to your rights.

Upper Rissington By-Election On 21 February 2019

Details of a by-election to fill the remaining two vacant seats on Upper Rissington Parish Council have been announced.

Nominations are now open and completed nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at the offices of Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1PX by no later than 4 pm on Friday 25 January 2019.

If the seats are contested, then a poll will take place on Thursday 21 February 2019.

More details and a nomination pack are available below.

Please contact the elections team with any questions about the elections process:

If you would like to find out more about being a councillor, then the clerk would be pleased to hear from you:

Updated – Notice of Vacancy December 2018

Following the resignation of Brian Hanks, the councillor vacancy is being advertised via the attached public notice.


As we are within the 6 months before the ordinary elections on 2 May 2019, no election will be held to fill the vacancy. The Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option, and will be considering applications at its meeting on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

If you would like to express an interest in being co-opted, or would like to find out more about being a councillor then please contact the Clerk:


Why is there no election for this seat?

Different laws apply to casual vacancies that arise within 6 months of when a councillor would have retired his position anyway. The law does not allow a by-election to be called so close to the local elections; so the only way to fill the seat is through co-option.

When can co-option take place?

The Council may (but does not have to) co-opt someone to fill the vacancy once the Notice of Election has expired. The notice period is 14 days, not including Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.

What about the other two vacant seats?

Since an election was called for the vacancies advertised in the summer, those seats can only be filled by election.  Cotswold District Council is planning to rerun the election process early next year.