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:
- Bus shelters
- 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.
A casual vacancy is a vacancy for a parish councillor. The vacancy occurs when a parish councillor resigns or dies.
Find out more about any current casual vacancies.
To request a parish council election, at least 10 voters in the ward where the vacancy exists must write to the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer must receive the request within 14 working days of the notice being published. If we don't receive sufficient requests, the vacancy is filled by 'co-option'. This means that the parish council decides who will be appointed to fill the vacancy.
Find out more about parish councils in Leicestershire.
Last updated: 07/05/2019 16:29