Notice of Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
Following the resignation of one of our Councillors, a vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor for West Chiltington Parish Council exists.
In order to apply for the vacant position, you should complete an application form which can be found here, this will confirm that you are eligible to stand for co-option and will include a short statement explaining the reasons why you wish to become a parish councillor. The statement will then be circulated to all councillors prior to the next meeting.
Eligibility is explained in the following document –http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141798/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-P-and-C.pdf
Your application should reach the Parish Clerk three clear working days prior to the Council meeting being held on Tuesday 9th July 2019. If there is more than one applicant, voting shall be via an exhaustive vote and all applicants present will be invited to speak for up to 3 minutes at the meeting, prior to the vote, in accordance with the council’s co-option policy.
A Village with a Past & a Future
Nestling near the foot of the South Downs between Storrington and Pulborough, just over 50 miles from London, the picturesque village of West Chiltington is home to a 12th century church, a beautifully restored windmill and has a colourful history dating back to Norman times.
Covering an area of just over 6.69 sq miles, with a population of approx. 3,500, the parish encompasses a variety of land usage from residential and agricultural, to small businesses and leisure facilities.
The Council is the first tier of local government for West Chiltington comprising 13 Councillors who are elected or co-opted for up to four years. The Parish Council meet on the second Tuesday of every month and is always keen to ensure that it reflects the wishes of the electorate and as such, all meetings are open to the public and include a session for public comments. Councillors work in partnership with local organisations, West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council to preserve the essence of the area, and to protect the identity and character of the parish for the enjoyment of parishioners, visitors and future generations.
The Parish Council has statutory duties and powers to provide services for the Parish of West Chiltington. Within these powers, we provide allotments, community buildings, dog and litter bins, community facilities, and we own and maintain many areas of public open space within the village on behalf of the community.