All nine seats on the Parish Council come up for election every four years, so the next time is 2019. The elections are held on the same day as District Council elections, almost always the first Thursday in May.
Sometimes, vacancies occur between elections, for example through resignation or moving away. These are known as “casual vacancies”. A casual vacancy must be advertised on the notice boards and elsewhere. Local electors have the opportunity to call for a by-election. If a by-election is not called, the Parish Council should fill the vacancy by co-option.
See “Part 6: Guide to filling a Casual Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor” of the Governance Toolkit for Parish & Town Councils.
For those interested in joining the Parish Council, See the Vacancy Notice for more details.