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Parish Councillor

Posted 18 January 2022

Would you like to be a part of your Parish Council – the most local level of government? Would you like to become a voice for your community and affect real change?

Wheathampstead Parish Council was established in 1895 and includes 12 councillors. Each of these councillors play a key role in village life, managing events including Village Weekend and Lights Up, working with others to determine planning applications and maintaining allotments, play areas, open spaces and the Memorial Hall.

Being a parish councillor is a great way to get involved and represent your community to improve the quality of life for those living within Wheathampstead.

If you wish to find out more about this role, please contact Julia Warren, Clerk to the Council, for an informal chat on 01582 832541 or email

See below for a letter from the Clerk and the online application form. Applications must be submitted by the end of Thursday 16 June 2022. The selection process will thereafter take place on Thursday 23 June 2022

If you require a printed copy or any assistance completing this form, please contact the office on 01582 832541.


A local councillor must be 18 years of age or over and a British Subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic or other Euronational.  He/she must be a local government elector of the parish or a person who has:

  1. during the whole of the 12 months before he/she was nominated (or in this case co-opted) occupied land or premises as owner or tenant in Wheathampstead*, or
  2. during the same period resided in Wheathampstead, or within three miles thereof, or
  3. during the same period had his/her principal or only place of work in Wheathampstead

*In order to constitute residence, a person must possess at least a sleeping apartment.


  1. If he/she holds a paid office or other place of profit in the gift or disposal of the council
  2. Bankruptcy and execution of compositions or arrangements with creditors create disqualifications which date from the judgement or execution and end when the debts have been paid in full or when the bankruptcy has been annulled for error or discharged with a certificate that it was caused by mere misfortune.  In other cases the disqualification ceases five years after discharge or fulfilment of the deed of composition or arrangement
  3. A person may be disqualified by Order of the Court if it holds him responsible for incurring or authorising illegal expenditure exceeding £2,000.
  4. A person is disqualified if he has within five years before the election or since the election been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has been sentenced to not less than three months’ imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine.
  5. A person may be disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

Letter from the Clerk

Application Form