Two Parish Council Vacancies

Interested in your village, want to see things change?

Attributes of a good Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of two councillors, West Bergholt Parish Council currently has vacancies. Would you make a good parish councillor?  Why not visit the next full council meeting on 26th January at 7:30 pm in the Orpen Hall; you will be able to see our councillors working for you.    Contact the Parish Clerk – Laura Walkingshaw – at [email protected] for more details if interested,.

About the Parish Council

The West Bergholt Parish Council consists of 11 Parish Councillors; collectively they are responsible for administering a significant budget for the benefit of the local community.  The Parish Council has powers to provide local infrastructure such as allotments, play areas, village halls. By being closer to the local community, they can more easily meet local needs.  Planning applications are subject to Parish Council consultation if they affect the village.

The Parish Council meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month except August and December. The Parish Clerk posts the Agenda for each meeting on notice boards at least five days before the meeting; it is also available on the website. Find out more, including eligibility, conditions etc. here:

The Official Bit

In accordance with legal requirements Colchester Borough Council has issued a ‘Notice of Casual Vacancy’.  Ten registered electors will need to ask for an election to be held for these positions, in writing, if an election is to be held.  If this does not happen, the Parish Council will be free to fill the vacancies by co-option

To request an election you should contact CBC Electoral Services by 5 pm on 16th December at either:

  • Email – [email protected], or
  • Snailmail – Electoral Services, Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG