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.