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: clerk@upperrissington-pc.gov.uk.


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.

Don’t Miss the Deadline for Election Nominations – Updated

Updated 1 March 2018

Nominations for the vacant position on Upper Rissington Parish Council are due in by 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018. The nomination papers must be hand delivered to the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council’s office in Cirencester.

Looking at the weather forecast, we urge any potential candidates to take their nomination papers in as soon as possible rather than leaving it until Friday. It is unlikely that the Friday deadline can be extended, as it is set out in legislation.

Electoral Services asks that anyone bringing their nominations in to give them a call or email beforehand so that they can make sure someone is available to receive the papers. You can contact them on 01285 623000 or elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

To avoid wasted journeys, nominees can have their papers validated in advance, by scanning and sending them to elections@cotswold.gov.uk. However, the completed nomination papers must still be delivered by hand for the nomination to be valid.