Become a Councillor
At the last election on Thursday 2nd May 2019, four Councillors were re-elected, leaving four vacancies, which could be filled by co-option.
The co-option process offers the opportunity for those who are interested in the community and who can contribute to the planning for the future of the village to stand as a councillor, filling one of the existing vacancies. Altogether we can have up to eight councillors covering the village.
During the last few years Huncote parish has seen much proposed in the way of various new developments in the village (Duncan Avenue (redevelopment), Field View Close, Jelson development off Narborough Road), Spence Lane and new developments surrounding us which will increase traffic (Stoney Stanton and Lubbesthorpe).
Councillors have been consulted on these developments, and responded to community comments on other developments in the hope of influencing the final conditions on developers.
In trying to improve the local environment for parishioners in Huncote, Councillors have looked at ways to improve the village with new seating and flower planters being installed and overseen refurbishments of the play area equipment, with a new outdoor gym also being installed, introducing Christmas lights in the centre of the village and on the den, along with contributing to the new BMX track at the Pavilion and supporting the return of a permanent library to the village.
Future projects the council are working on include a neighbourhood plan, cemetery extension and reviewing community facilities.
It doesn't cost you anything to stand for co-option, with details available within this site, from the Parish Clerk and from the Electoral Services team at Blaby District Council on how to let the Council know you would like to be co-opted.
Being a Parish Councillor offers you a real opportunity to influence the growth of your village and your parish, the development of your wider community and improvement of your local surroundings.
Are you eligible to be co-opted? The easy answer is, "almost definitely". As long as you are:
- British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union,
- At least 18 years old, (we will consider anyone who is approaching their 18th birthday)
- Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.
You can't be a councillor if you:
- Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically restricted post,
- Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,
- Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day,
- Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
If you wish to find out more, or have any specific questions please call the Clerk on 01455 844 539 / 07875 291 366 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.