Parish Council elections

Introduction

Parish Councils form the first tier of local government and there are 26 within the Peterborough City Council area.  

The 26 Parish Councils in Peterborough are:

Ailsworth 

Etton 

Marholm 

Orton Waterville 

Thornhaugh 

Bainton & Ashton 

Eye 

Maxey 

Peakirk 

Ufford 

Barnack 

Glinton 

Deeping Gate 

Southorpe 

Wansford 

Bretton 

Hampton 

Northborough 

Sutton 

Wittering 

Castor 

Helpston 

Orton Longueville 

Thorney 

Newborough & Borough Fen 

Wothorpe & St Martin’s Without* 

*Pending completion of Grouping Order

Parish Councillors

Parish Councils are made up of locally elected Parish Councillors.  

To qualify to be a Parish Councillor you must be: 

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and;
  • At least 18 on the day you are nominated as a candidate

And either:

  • A registered local government elector within the parish or;
  • A resident in the parish, or live within three miles of the parish, or work full time in the parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination or election day. 

A person is disqualified from holding office as a parish or town councillor if: 

  • They hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the council.
  • They are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • The have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day. 

Parish Councillors can also be co-opted in line with Section 21 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 which allows the Parish Council to fill vacancies remaining unfilled following an ordinary election if the Council believes that it is in the interests of the parish.  

If you would like to be considered please contact the Clerk or Chair of the relevant Parish Council

Eligibility for co-option, is as follows:  

(a) 21 years of age, and;

(b) either:

  • Be a local government elector for the parish, or;
  • Be an occupier (owner or tenant) of land or premises in the parish for the previous 12 months, or;
  • Have their place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months, or;
  • Have resided in the parish for the previous 12 months, or;
  • Have resided within three miles of the parish boundary for the previous 12 months. 

There may be other restrictions and further information can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Elections take place every four years or when a seat becomes vacant. Different parishes hold their elections on different years and there is one year without any local elections (fallow year). If there are the same number of candidates as there are seats available, no election is required and the seats are allocated to the candidates. 

In some circumstances it is possible to be on a Parish Council when living outside the area. For more information contact electoralservices@peterborough.gov.uk 

If you have been elected as a Parish Councillor you may find the documents at the end of this page useful. Declaration of Office and Members Interest forms can also be obtained from, and should be returned to the Parish Clerk in the first instance who will then forward them to  Peterborough City Council.

Parish Council Elections 2020

Elections will be taking place on the 7 May 2020 for the following parishes/parish wards: 

  • Bainton & Ashton Parish Council (5 seats) 
  • Barnack Parish Council (7 seats) 
  • Hampton Hargate & Vale Parish Council: 
  • Hargate & Hempsted ward (6 seats) 
  • Hampton Vale ward (8 seats) 
  • Helpston Parish Council (9 seats) 
  • Orton Longueville Parish Council: 
  • Orton Longueville ward (9 seats) 
  • East ward (1 seat) 
  • North East ward (1 seat) 
  • Orton Waterville Parish Council: 
  • Orton Waterville ward (12 seats) 
  • Goldhay East ward (1 seat) 
  • Southorpe Parish Council (5 seats) 
  • Ufford Parish Council (5 seats) 
  • Wothorpe & St Martin’s Without Parish Council: 
  • Wothorpe ward (5 seats) 
  • St Martin’s without ward (1 seat)* 

*Pending completion of Grouping Order 

The nomination period for these elections will run from 01 April - 08 April 2020 (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm).  

If you require a nomination paper or have any queries relating to Parish Council elections please contact electoralservices@peterborough.gov.uk or visit the Electoral Commission website.

If you have any queries relating to Parish Council Elections please contact electoralservices@peterborough.gov.uk.

Parish Councils Code of Conduct
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ParishCouncilToolkit
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Parish Councils Meetings Checklist
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NALCCo-optionGuide
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Parish Councillor Declaration of Office
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Parish Council Dispensation Procedure
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ParishCouncilMembersInterestForm18
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Parish Conference Programme 2019
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Parish Council Gift and Hospitality Form
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Declaration-ParishCouncils-Chairman
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DeclarationOfAcceptanceOfOffice
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ParishCouncilElections2019to2022
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