Councillor Vacancies



Seaton Town Council holds elections every four years.  Sometimes a Councillor cannot complete their four year term of office which means a vacancy occurs.

When a vacancy occurs we inform East Devon District Council which advises us if the vacancy will be filled by election or co-option.

For an election to take place 10 members of the electorate (people who are eligible to vote) must write to request the election. If co-option occurs, then candidates meet with the Town Council who vote on which candidate will be co-opted.

Elections are expensive to run.  For example our last election cost £6,000.  For that reason Seaton Town Council has resolved to advertise vacancies when they occur but not to issue election cards as this, alone, costs £3,000. Co-option does not carry a cost.

In the event of an election all candidates will be given the opportunity to promote themselves via our Elections webpage.

The council currently has 3 vacancies to fill by co-option May 2019.

Are you interested in being a Councillor - we have a Vacancy

Seaton Town Council now has 3 Councillor vacancies and is looking to fill them by co-option.

We are looking for individuals who are interested in local current affairs and who want to serve their local community.

To be eligible for co-option you must be over 18, be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand

2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the date of co-option has been in the parish/community area.

4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

For more information & an application form contact or telephone 01297 21388.

The deadline for applications to be returned to the Town Clerk is by 12 noon on Friday 24th May 2019.

All applicants will be invited to meet with Councillors at 6pm on Monday 3rd June 2019 and will be invited to do a short 5-minute presentation to Councillors on ‘why they want to be a Councillor’ and be prepared to answer any questions.

The Council will then decide who to co-opt at the Council meeting on the 3rd June that starts at 7.30pm.