Casual Vacancies

If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy occurs.

This could be due to:

  • Resignation of a councillor
  • Death of a councillor
  • Disqualification (or ceasing to be qualified) of a councillor
  • Failure to take up office.

Casual vacancy rules - District and County Council

When a councillor's seat becomes vacant, the Election team will display a 'Notice of Vacancy' to advertise the fact that there is a vacancy.  This will be displayed as soon as is practicable.

The notice explains that an election can be called by a request made in writing to the Council's Proper Officer by 2 electors from the Local Authority area.  If an election is called, it must be held within 35 working days of the request being received.

The exception to this is if a vacancy occurs within 6 months of the date of the next scheduled elections, the vacancy is carried over to the next elections.  The seat remains vacant during that time and no by-election will be held.

Casual vacancy rules - Parish and Town Councils

When a councillor's seat becomes vacant, the Parish or Town Council will display a 'Notice of Vacancy' to advertise the fact that there is a vacancy.  This will be displayed as soon as is practicable at the Parish or Town Council offices and on their website, if applicable.

The Notice explains that an election can be called by a request made in writing to the Council's Proper Officer by 10 electors from the relevant electoral area within the Parish or Town Council within 14 working days of the Notice being published (if the Parish or Town Council is warded, then the 10 electors must be registered electors within that particular ward).  If 10 valid requests are received then the Returning Officer will determine when an election is to be held, which must be within 60 working days of the date of the Notice of Vacancy.

If 10 requests are not received, then the Returning Officer will advise the Parish or Town Council that they can advertise to fill the vacancy by co-option.

An exception to the above is if a vacancy occurs within 6 months of the date of the next scheduled elections, then the vacancy is advertised and carried over to the next elections, i.e., no by-election is held.  The seat may be filled by co-option under such circumstances.

Current vacancies are listed below (listed in date order)

Rugeley Town Council (Etching Hill Parish Ward)

x1 vacancy following the resignation of Ian Pyke

An election will be held for this vacancy if a written request from ten registered electors within the area of Rugeley Town Council Etching Hill Parish Ward is submitted to the Returning Officer at Cannock Chase District Council by 18th June 2024.

Parish request for an election form CCDC

The completed form should be sent to the Returning Officer via one of the following methods:

The Returning Officer

Cannock Chase District Council

Civic Centre

Beecroft Road

Cannock

WS11 1BG

Email: ElectionsOffice@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

(Date of Notice - 29th May 2024)

Rugeley Town Council (Western Springs North Parish Ward)

x1 vacancy following the resignation of Olivia Lyons

An election will be held for this vacancy if a written request from ten registered electors within the area of Rugeley Town Council Western Springs North Parish Ward is submitted to the Returning Officer at Cannock Chase District Council by 18th June 2024.

Parish request for an election form CCDC

The completed form should be sent to the Returning Officer via one of the following methods:

The Returning Officer

Cannock Chase District Council

Civic Centre

Beecroft Road

Cannock

WS11 1BG

Email: ElectionsOffice@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

(Date of Notice - 29th May 2024)

Rugeley Town Council (Western Springs South Parish Ward)

x1 vacancy following the resignation of Chris Barkas

An election will be held for this vacancy if a written request from ten registered electors within the area of Rugeley Town Council Western Springs South Parish Ward is submitted to the Returning Officer at Cannock Chase District Council by 18th June 2024.

Parish request for an election form CCDC

The completed form should be sent to the Returning Officer via one of the following methods:

The Returning Officer

Cannock Chase District Council

Civic Centre

Beecroft Road

Cannock

WS11 1BG

Email: ElectionsOffice@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

(Date of Notice - 29th May 2024)

Rugeley Town Council (Western Springs North Parish Ward)

x1 vacancy following the resignation of Robert Hughes

An election will be held for this vacancy if a written request from ten registered electors within the area of Rugeley Town Council Etching Hill Parish Ward is submitted to the Returning Officer at Cannock Chase District Council by 26th June 2024.

Parish request for an election form CCDC

The completed form should be sent to the Returning Officer via one of the following methods:

The Returning Officer

Cannock Chase District Council

Civic Centre

Beecroft Road

Cannock

WS11 1BG

Email: ElectionsOffice@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

(Date of Notice - 6th June 2024)

A map of the current parish/parish ward boundaries can be viewed here.

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