Elections to Parish Councils are scheduled every four years but only take place if the number of candidates nominated in each parish is greater than the number of vacant seats.

Electors who are eligible to vote at a particular election or referendum will receive a polling card shortly before polling day, telling them where to vote. There are special arrangements for people who cannot get to a polling station to apply for a proxy or postal vote. Further details can be found in the section on postal and proxy voting.

The following parishes were due to hold elections in 2020:

  • Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green
  • Doddinghurst

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the elections scheduled for 2020 were postponed until May 2021. As there were fewer candidates nominated than the number of vacant seats, the candidates were elected unopposed. The remaining vacancies will therefore be filled by each parish council by co-option.

The next scheduled elections in the remaining seven parishes are due to be held in 2023.

From time to time, casual vacancies can occur on Parish Councils. These can be filled by a process of co-option if no election is called. Find out more by contacting your Parish Clerk.