Elections held in the borough

About parish/town council elections

Parish and town councils represent the most local level of government. These councils often cover small rural areas, but some can cover large towns and be divided into several wards. All parishes are required to hold an annual meeting of electors for the parish. There are some parish areas, which are normally the smaller parish areas, that do not elect parish councils, but which hold an annual parish meeting.

In England, parish and town councils are responsible for a range of local services and facilities, including:

  • Allotments
  • Bus shelters
  • Cemeteries
  • Community centres footpaths
  • Public clocks
  • Public conveniences
  • Recreation facilities
  • War memorials

There are 24 parishes within the borough, with the urban Hinckley areas being unparished. These parishes elect parish councils for their area.

The term of office of parish/town councillors is four years and elections are normally held at the same time as the district council elections.

The next full parish/town council elections are due to be held in 2023.

Casual vacancies

A casual vacancy is not like an ordinary job vacancy that you can apply for. When a councillor resigns from a council or is no longer qualified to be a councillor, it creates a vacant seat. This is called a casual vacancy.

If the casual vacancy arises on a parish council, a notice of the vacancy will be published on our current elections page.

The notice explains that the vacancy can be filled by having an election if ten registered electors from the parish (or parish ward) make a request in writing within 14 working days from the date of the notice. 

If an election is requested, it must be held within 60 working days from the date of the notice. A notice of the election will be published our current elections page with instructions on how to stand as a candidate. If no request is received, the parish council may appoint someone themselves to fill the seat. This process is called co-option. 

If a casual vacancy arises within six months of the next scheduled parish elections, then the seat may remain vacant until that election, or the council may co-opt. The next scheduled full parish/town council elections are due to take place on 4 May 2023.

Find out more about parish councils in Leicestershire.

Last updated: 24/05/2022 09:52