Keele Parish Council – Casual Vacancy of a Parish Councillor

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



that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Keele Parish Council following the passing away of Mr John Downing

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 Friday 29th March 2019

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 11th March 2019


Clare Withington, Parish Clerk

Keele 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.

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