CO-OPTED COUNCILLOR PERSON SPECIFICATION

Personal Attributes

· Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community.
· Forward thinking
· Can bring a new skill, expertise or key local knowledge to the Council.

Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Ability

· Ability to listen constructively and with an open mind
· A good team player
· Ability to pick up and run with a variety of projects
· Solid interest in local matters
· Ability and willingness to represent the Council and their community in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
· Good interpersonal skills and able to contribute opinions at meetings whilst willing to see others views and accept majority decisions.
· Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly.
· Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with all members and staff.
· Ability and willingness to work with the Council’s partners (e.g. voluntary groups, other Community Councils, principal authority, charities).
· Ability and willingness to undertake induction training and other relevant training.
· Experience of working or being a member in a local authority or other public body
· Experience of working with voluntary and or local community / interest groups
· Basic knowledge of legal issues relating to town and Community Councils or local authorities
· Experience of delivering presentations

Circumstances

· Ability and willingness to attend meetings of the Council (or meetings of other local authorities and local bodies) at any time and events in the evening and at weekends.

Paper application forms are available from our Clerk.












CASUAL VACANCY APPLICATION FORM

Telephone numbers

Legal qualifications for being a Parish Councillor

To qualify you must be able to answer ‘Yes’ to both of the following questions:

Are you a British or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of a European Union country?
YesNo

Are you 18 years of age or over?
YesNo

To qualify you must be able to answer ‘Yes’ to at least one of the following questions:

Are you on the Parish electoral register for the Parish of King’s Somborne?
YesNo

Have you lived in the Parish of King’s Somborne, or within 3 miles of its boundary, for at least a year?
YesNo

Have you been the owner or tenant of land or other premises in the Parish of King’s Somborne for at least a year?
YesNo

Have you had your principal or only place of work in the Parish of King’s Somborne for at least a year?
YesNo

DISQUALIFICATIONS

You must be able to answer ‘No’ to both of the following questions to be eligible to serve as a Councillor:

Are you the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order?
YesNo

Have you, within the last five years, been convicted of an offence in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, which resulted in a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period three months or more without option of a fine?
YesNo

Disqualification from being elected a member is set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 Click here for the Act

Are you prepared to undertake Parish Councillor training within Hampshire?
YesNo

Please note that the majority of Council meetings are held in the evening and, unfortunately, under present legislation, the Parish Council is not permitted to contribute to the cost of Councillors’ childcare or care of dependents.

King’s Somborne Parish Council meetings take place on the first Monday of every month from 7.00pm.

Declaration and Consent

I declare that I am eligible to become a Parish Councillor in the Parish of King’s Somborne and I certify that the contents of this application form are true and correct.

I consent to my details being retained if I am co-opted as a Councillor.

I consent to having a Parish Council email address and to receiving Parish Council documentation (including summons and agendas) via electronic means (email and Dropbox).

I consent to my name, address and telephone number being published together with my Parish Council email address.

Please click submit on the next page you should print your application. Please sign, date and send this to :

Mrs Gail Foster
King’s Somborne Parish Clerk
Kingman’s Cottage
Heathman Street
Nether Wallop
SO20 8EW