When there is a vacancy on the council, a process called co-option generally takes the place of an election - the members of the council elect additional members

On May 7th, for the first time in a generation, the general, local and parish council elections all take place on the same day. This hasn't happened since 1979.

Although at the moment, things may seem very confused at a national level, it is an exciting time to be involved with town and parish councils. In the last 10 or so years, things have move at almost alarming rates, passing power down from central government to a more local level. Parish councils are more accountable than ever, have legal responsibilities to their constituents and are compelled to share information by means of a web presence. This is because they have the means to achieve a lot of good for their communities.

The parish council needs people who can contribute to the challenges facing the council and find ways of keeping Nassington one of the finest examples of a Northamptonshire village. We will be a brilliant council - a proactive and robust local council, fit for 21st century challenges, but keeping at heart the wellbeing of the residents in the parish. - Are you ready for the challenge?

Parish councils need members who can demonstrate some of the following attributes:

         Patience, persistence,

and who are:

         Analytical    and...

which will go some way to embracing some of the increased powers that we can look forward to from localism.

Come the next 'term' (4 year to next elections in 2019), we need to look at priorities and a long term strategic plan of what we need to be achieving and looking at covering, (as well as all the everyday treading water and fire fighting stuff).

The main thing about localism is that it's a poke in the eye of the Nanny State and that communities and villages are going to have to learn to 'grow up' and take responsibilities for themselves! Whatever the reasons for the current economic situation, there simply is not the money available at county and district levels to finance all of the things that those councils have paid for in the past and parish councils will be the leaders of strong, resilient communities who maintain their towns and villages as desirably and happy places to live in.

Public consultation is an excellent way of ensuring collaboration, transparency and open trust between the council and residents and is a benchmark of a vibrant community.

Key responsibilities

Street Lighting               Playing Field            Allotments
Churchyard                   Pocket Parks            Affordable Housing
Small Grants                 Benches

Other areas of interest:

Housing                       Traffic & transport    
Leisure & recreation          The local environment
Supporting Education         Safety & crime prevention
Business & employment      Engaging young people
Amenities & services

To find out whether you are eligible to stand for the parish council, visit the electoral commission website HERE

To view the nomination papers, click HERE

Please feel free to contact the clerk or current members of the parish council for information - contact details HERE

Download THIS booklet for examples of some of the different types of people involved with parish councils across the country


This page explains how to become a Parish Councillor and what this important role is really about. We hope it will encourage you and people from all walks of life to take an interest in local democracy and to think about putting yourself forward for election.

Councillors have three main areas of work:

• Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented

• Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working

• Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available

Town and Parish Councils are the grass roots of local government and democracy. There are around 8700 such councils in England and Wales, each representing its local community and promoting the best interests of its residents.

Local communities are being encouraged to become increasingly responsible for some of the things that have been looked after by central government or other organisations. It is being increasingly evident that that parish councils will play an important part as the localism act takes shape and a healthy council will be important within the 'big society' notion.

You should consider becoming a parish or town councillor if:

• You Want To Do Something Positive for Your Community

• You Want To Spend Your Time Productively

• You Can Think, Listen and Act Locally

Effort Required

TIME - It is possible to spend a lot of time on council work - but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and your community) will get out.

Nassington Parish Council meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding August). There are some additional meetings. It is IMPORTANT to ensure that these dates can accommodate your domestic and/or business arrangements.

COST - Being a councillor should cost you little. There is usually cover for travel expenses if your duties take you out of your local council's area.

For more information about what the council does: 
Good councillors guide: