Kingsbridge Town Council – Councillor Vacancy

 

There is a current vacancy on Kingsbridge Town Council.  A ‘casual vacancy’ was recently advertised but an election has not been called in North Ward and therefore it falls to current Town Councillors to select a new member.  In local government language this is known as co-option.  The position is available up to May 2023 when the next local council elections will take place and therefore expressions of interest are now being invited.

Deep breath:  applicants much be over 18 years of age; a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen; a Kingsbridge elector or have worked in the area for the preceding 12 months; or have occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant, or lived in the town or within 3 miles of Kingsbridge during the same period.  Phew!  No formal qualifications are required and the Town Council is made up of people from all walks of life with various personal and professional backgrounds.  What you do need however, is a passion for Kingsbridge and a commitment to attend various meetings to make your voice heard.  Being a Town Councillor is a big responsibility but incredibly rewarding.

People often ask: what do local councils do?  Ultimately, it’s quite simple:  the aim is to sustain Kingsbridge as a great place to live, work and play.  The Town Council’s task is therefore to engage with the local community, to take on board the needs and wishes of residents, and to try, whenever and wherever it can, to make sure that something is done about them.  If it’s not within the gift of the Town Council to directly help then hopefully it can support and lobby on behalf of local residents.

If you require any more information please speak to a current Town Councillor (details available at www.kingsbridge.gov.uk) or contact Martin Johnson, Town Clerk, via email clerk@kingsbridge.gov.uk or call 01548.857073.   Application forms are available from the website or from the Council Offices at Quay House.  If you are interested completed applications need to be submitted by Friday 18 October.  It is likely that informal interviews will be held shortly afterwards.

 

CO-OPTION APPLICATION FORM Sep 19