Upper Rissington By-Election: How Can I Become A Councillor?

Residents have been asking for more information about what is involved in being a councillor and how to stand as a councillor in the Upper Rissington by-election on 17th October.

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 engagement are vital.

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


Completing the nomination papers

The important first step is to be nominated for election. Nomination packs are available now, and completed papers must be hand delivered to Cotswold District Council’s offices in Cirencester by 4pm on Friday 20 September. The window for submitting nominations is always rather short, and the deadline is laid down in statute – late nominations cannot be accepted – so don’t delay in coming forward.

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 relevant electoral roll numbers, then Cotswold District Council’s elections team can provide them. 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 are usually happy to check the validity of your form electronically in order to save wasted journeys  – just scan and send a copy to elections@cotswold.gov.uk.


Any other questions, please contact the parish office.

Notice of Election on 17 October 2019

An election has been called to fill the four vacancies on Upper Rissington Parish Council and the council is calling on residents who are passionate about their community to stand.

Nomination papers are available to download below and the elections team can supply paper copies on request. To stand for election you must be over 18 AND a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen AND live or work in the parish or within 3 miles of it on the day of your election.

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 on any working day (excluding bank holidays) between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and no later than 4pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

Details of the candidates that have nominated will be published after 4 pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

If the election is contested, a poll will take place on Thursday 17 October 2019.

Please see the notice of election for details.

Questions about the elections process should be directed to the elections team: elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

Any questions about the parish council, please contact the Clerk: clerk@upperrissington-pc.gov.uk.




Notice of Vacancy – 3rd September 2019

Another vacancy has arisen on the parish council due to the resignation of Martin Johnstone, bringing the total number of vacancies on the parish council to four.

The process is that if 10 residents request an election by Monday 23 September, then that is how the seat will be filled. If an election is not called then the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.

The third vacancy was advertised last week, with the earlier deadline of Wednesday 18 September.

The district council said if any requests for election could come through to them quickly (by 10 September), they would be able to tie all four current vacancies together on the same election date.

Requests should include each elector’s name, address and signature, and should be sent to the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX.

Please see the notice of vacancy for details.


Local Election Results 2nd May 2019

District and parish council elections took place across the Cotswold District on Thursday 2 May 2019 and the results are now in.


The outgoing parish councillors retire and new councillors take up office on Tuesday 7th May. New councillors must sign a declaration of acceptance of office before or at the first meeting, which will be on Wednesday 15th May, 7:30pm in the Village Hall.