Keevil has a long and rich history of individuals and groups who help make our little corner of Wiltshire the awesome place to live that it is. Becoming part of the Parish Council – whether as a councillor, staff, emergency volunteer, or part of a sub-committee or work group – is one way that you can get involved and help make a difference to the lives of everyone in Keevil.
Are you passionate about our village life? Do you want to help make a change that will stand the test of time? Do you have fresh ideas for the council and our community? Is there a specific issue you want to do something about? If this sounds like you, then we need you!
We are always keen to hear from residents who’d like to volunteer their expertise in a certain area. See here for the volunteer roles we’re currently looking for help with – a willingness to get stuck in is always the most important quality!
Becoming a Councillor
What does a councillor do?
Ordinary Council meetings are held on alternate months, plus occasionally other meetings (such as to meet planning consultation deadlines), for which you should allow some preparation. However, it’s the everyday contact throughout our community that is so vital. A councillor is there to:
- Listen and be a voice for the views of the people we represent;
- Act as an ambassador and advocate for our community;
- Try to improve quality of life in our parish;
- Offer support and guidance where we can.
Thinking of standing or election or co-option?
In Keevil, as for much of Wiltshire, the next scheduled elections will be in May 2025, so now is a good time to start thinking about whether there’s something for you. Whatever your age or background, if you’d like to contribute something by being a voice for our community, talk to any of the current team to find out what being a councillor is like here in Keevil.
From time to time a “casual vacancy” for a councillor might arise mid-term in an administration. If this happens, the parish council will follow the process laid out in it’s Co-option Policy Both statutory notices and casual vacancies will appear here and on the council’s noticeboard on Stocks Corner.
Diversity and inclusivity lie at the heart of healthy communities everywhere yet, like many small rural parishes, women and parents with younger families are still woefully under-represented. We’d really like to see that change.
“If mums don’t have a seat at the table, then the issues that affect them will continue to be overlooked […].” ~ Mumsnet, Feb 2023
Free online event 14 November 2023 12 noon – 1.15pm
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) are offering a free online event that will give you a chance to learn about the vital role of councillors from an expert panel, and where you’ll be able to ask questions and connect with others: Claim your FREE place here
- On YouTube: an introduction from Jackie Weaver, plus a useful series of four videos made in March for International Womens Day 2023.
- Amy Knox, now a Parliamentary Assistant at the House of Commons, recently blogged an excellent article here.
We have a vacancy on the current council
Due to the appointment of Sarah Dow to the post of Clerk/RFO, we have a mid-term CASUAL VACANCY to be filled by co-option (this means there is no election).
If you are interested, just complete the Application Form (see downloads below) and send it to the Clerk – talk to Alex, Sarah, or any member of the Council for an informal chat if you’d like to know more first.
Downloads (contact the Clerk if you’d like paper copies):
- Keevil Parish Council_Co-option Policy_2023_05_09
- Co-option Application Form_2023_05_09 (as a separate file)
Would I be eligible?
You are able to stand for election (or co-option if a casual vacancy occurs and an election is not called) if you are:
- A British subject or Commonwealth citizen;
- Aged over 18;
Plus are one of the following:
- An elector within the parish of Keevil;
- Have during the whole of the 12 months before nomination or election –
- resided in Keevil or within three miles of it or
- occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in Keevil or
- had your principal or only place of work here.
You cannot stand for election (or co-option) to Keevil Parish Council if you
- are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order, debt relief restrictions order, or interim order;
- have, within five years before election or co-option, or since, been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man of any offence and had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of more than three months without the option of a fine;
- you hold a paid office or other place of profit in the gift or disposal of Keevil Parish Council or a company under their control.
There’s also information available from the Electoral Commission and we’ll post details on how to stand for the 2025 election in Wiltshire nearer the time.