Casual Vacancies -Parish Councillor Bignall End x 1 (Bi-election request notice) and Parish Councillor Halmer End x 1

Notice Under Local Government Act 1972 (Section 87(2))


 that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Audley Rural Parish Council  (Bignall End (Parish) Ward) following the resignation on 28th August 2022 of Nick Crisp

Rule 5(2) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the Parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy[1].   That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules[2], of the date of this notice.  the fourteen day period ends on 11th October 2022

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:

Electoral Services, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 1BL

The telephone number for further guidance is 01782 717717.

This notice is dated 20th September 2022

Clare Withington, Parish Clerk, Audley Rural Parish Council, The Croft, Barthomley Road, Audley Staffs ST7 8HU

[1] There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the (Ward of)….Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the (death)(resignation) of….”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.


[2] In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice.  Rule 5(2) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 now applies.





Notice is hereby given that following the election held on 5th May 2022 unfilled vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council. Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing (ongoing until filled)

Further information may be requested following your application

The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in
or within three miles of the parish
or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.

The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.
PUBLIC elections cannot be held until May 2026 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors.

The address to return applications to is: Mrs C Withington Parish Clerk & Proper Officer Audley Rural Parish Council The Croft Barthomley Road, Audley, Staffs ST7 8HU

Dated: 25.07.22 Signed C T Withington Parish Clerk & Proper Officer