"Due to the retirement of a councillor at the election, Harbury Parish Council currently has a vacancy which may be filled by co-option. This involves the Council in considering any candidates who apply and then voting on which candidate they feel would be most suitable. If you would like to be considered, please read the guidelines below or call the Parish Clerk, Nicola Thompson (01926 614646) or the Chairman Tim Lockley (01926 614532) for an informal chat.
Candidates for the Parish Council must either live within the village, or within 3 miles of it or own a business or property within the village. Some further criteria do apply – for example candidates should be over the age of 18, should not have criminal record (which carried a sentence of at least 3 months) or be an undischarged bankrupt – for an exhaustive list of the criteria please contact the Parish Clerk.
Current councillors are a mixture of working and retired people, men and women, some of whom have lived in the village for more than 40 years, others for far less, and who have business, public sector, and entrepreneurial backgrounds.
If you would like to be considered for co-option please write a letter (no more than one page) to the Parish Clerk at the address shown on this website. The letter should contain information about your connection with the Parish (how long you have lived/worked here), your involvement with village organisations (of any type), and any relevant experience. The letter should also contain a statement as to why you wish to become a Parish Councillor: what would you like to achieve? What should be priorities for the council? What new directions should the council be going in?
Where there are several candidates for co-option the council will place considerable weight on the letter you write. If you are unsuccessful, this does not mean that the council considers you unsuitable, and if a future vacancy occurs you should consider putting yourself forward again."