Would you like to be a parish councillor?
Due to the resignation of 2 councillors in July & August, there are currently 2 vacancies on the parish council, 1 in Harwell Campus ward and 1 in Harwell ward.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor or learning more about the role, please contact the clerk.
The vacancies may be filled by co-option as soon as VWHDC has confirmed no election has been requested.
QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A COUNCILLOR
A person is qualified to be a councillor if they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and they are 18 or over. In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria:
(1) They are on the electoral register for the parish, or
(2) During the whole of the twelve months before the day of an election or co-option they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish, or
(3) During the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish, or
(4) During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within three miles of it. Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections.
Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers (including the clerks) of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
Harwell Parish Council consists of up to 11 members working together to serve the community, bringing local issues to the Council’s attention, and making decisions on behalf of the local community.
The Council is a corporate body, and its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. It is granted powers by Parliament to set the “precept” – the Parish Council’s share of the council tax.
Issues that concern parish councils are planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters, and rights of way.
Parish Councils are only FULLY RESPONSIBLE for the lands belonging to the parish; in Harwell, that is the recreation ground, allotments & cemetery. Freeman Orchard belongs to the council but is managed under a lease. The council maintains St. Matthew’s churchyard.
The full Council meets approximately times a year, at present, on the second Tuesday of each month except August. There are also various committee meetings. These are meetings held in public, but are not public meetings.