Duncton Parish has an allocation of 7 Councillors and currently have no vacancies, however there are elections on 2 May.

LOCAL ELECTIONS - THURSDAY 2 MAY

On 2nd May, Duncton will be electing their new Parish Council and we are calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand. Please contact the Clerk for a Nomination Pack.

Election Timetable

Wed 3rd April, 4pm 
Nomination papers need to be delivered to the Returning Officer at East pallant House, Chichester District Council

Thurs 4th April, 4pm
Publication of statement of persons nominated

Wed 24th April, 4pm
Publication of notice of Poll (on the noticeboard)

Thurs 2nd May - Election day and polling between 7am - 10pm. Voting will only take place if its a contested election (there are more than 7 candidates) 

Tues 7th May, 5pm - the current Parish Council ceases 

Mon 13th May, 7pm - the first meeting of the new Parish Council (Annual Parish Council Meeting)

Thurs 16th May, 7pm - Village Meeting

What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs. 

The Good Councillors Guide, 2018 edition gives essential guidance for Parish Councillors and is a welcome resource for new councillors and for those thinking about becoming a Councillor.
ALL ABOUT LOCAL COUNCILS top tips on local councils and how you can stand

How long does it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older 
  • Satisfy one of the following 4 qualifications:
  1. you are a registered local government elector for the Parish; or
  2. you have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the Parish during the last 12 months; or
  3. your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the Parish; or
  4. you have during the last 12 months resided within the Parish or within 3 miles of the Parish boundary.
Take a look at the Criteria for Eligibility and Person Specification below.

What if it's not election time and I want to get involved?
Parish Councillors are elected by residents at ordinary elections which are held every four years. If a position becomes vacant due to a Councillor resigning, dying, or being disqualified, a vacant seat is created. If after displaying a notice of vacancy for at least 14 working days, as long as no more than 10 electors from the Parish give written notice to request a by election, the vacancy can be filled by co-option.

How can I get involved? 
Please contact Jane Landstrom, the Parish Clerk for a nomination pack or visit the NALC website for more information
clerk@duncton.org 
07708 028656 / 01428 707318

Criteria for Eligibility
A person is eligible to be co-opted provided they are qualified to be a councillor pursuant to s.79 of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the Act”) and are not disqualified pursuant to s.80 of the Act. 
For more details click here

Person Specification
As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, anyone can become a Parish Councillor. The main thing is that you are willing to volunteer your time to work for free on behalf of your community. You do not have to belong to a political party, you just need to be concerned with local community matters. For more details click here.