On the occurrence
of a casual vacancy the Parish (or Community) Clerk is required
to give public notice of the vacancy.
If the vacancy arises within 6 months of the date that that councillor's
term of office expires the Parish (or Community) Council may
co-opt a person to fill the vacancy until the next ordinary elections. Otherwise,
if a written
request for an election is received (within 14 working days of
the notice of vacancy) by the Proper Officer of the District
Council (or County Council for Community vacancies) from 10 local
government electors for the area (area means the local authority
area for the vacancy i.e. the Parish or Community) the Returning
Officer will fix the date of the election within 60 working days
(12 weeks) of the date of the notice of vacancy.
If a written
request by 10 electors is not received within 14 working
days the Parish (or Community) Council shall, as soon
as practicable, fill the vacancy by co-option.
Any person co-opted to the council must meet the usual qualifications
to be a councillor.
The election timetable is identical
to the Borough timetable
except that expenses must be submitted within 28 calendar days
after the result has been declared RPA 1983, schedule 4,