Notice of Election for Buckinghamshire Councillor Vacancy

Following the resignation of Cllr. Cameron Branston, a causal vacancy has arisen for the role of a Buckinghamshire Councillor in the Bernwood Ward (which includes Haddenham).

Buckinghamshire Council has issued a Notice of Election with the following information:

  •  Forms of nomination for the Bernwood Ward for Buckinghamshire Council may be obtained at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Deputy Returning Officer, Electoral Services, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF on any day after the date of this notice, between the hours of 10am and 4pm, but no later than 4 pm, on Wednesday, 1st June 2022. Please telephone 01296 798141 to make an appointment or email elections@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
  • If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 30th June 2022.
  • Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 14 June 2022. Applications can be made on the Government's website.
  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF by 5 pm on Wednesday, 15th June 2022.
  • New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF by 5 pm on Wednesday, 22nd June 2022.
  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity, work/service reasons or Covid 19 reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF by 5 pm on Thursday, 30 June 2022. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday 22 June 2022. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Wednesday, 22 June 2022.
Further information on local elections, including guidance for prospective candidates, can be found on the Electoral Commission's website.

Election Timetable

Publication of Notice of Election    24/05/2022

Receipt of Nominations 4:00 pm 01/06/2022

Withdrawal of Candidate 4:00 pm 01/06/2022

Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated 4:00 pm 06/06/2022

Last Date for Registration 14/06/2022

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes 5:00 pm 15/06/2022

Deadline for receiving new proxy applications 5:00 pm 22/06/2022

Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm 30/06/2022

Return of Election Expenses 04/08/2022

Parish Council Elections

There are three ways that you can become a a councillor: standing for election, filling a vacant seat after an election, or filling a casual vacancy (where a vacancy becomes available between elections e.g. if  a councillor resigns). 

Local elections for Parish Councillors take place every 4 years. The most recent election for Haddenham Parish Councillors took place on 6 May 2021. The Council received 11 nominations for 11 vacancies, so all candidates were elected uncontested. 

For more information on Town and Parish Council elections, visit the Electoral Commission's website.


What does a Parish Councillor do?

Parish Councillors work together to serve the community. They come from different backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skills. Team work is important as no individual councillor can act in isolation. Here are some of the things Haddenham Parish Councillors are currently involved with:

  • Attending full Council and Committee meetings
  • Representing the Council at meetings of local organisations
  • Planning – commenting on planning applications, supporting the neighbourhood plan
  • Management of open spaces at Woodways, Sheerstock and Banks Park
  • Provision and maintenance of streetlights, benches, and dog waste bins
  • Managing the Allotments, Community Orchard and Snakemoor Nature Reserve.
  • Finance – budget setting, governance and accountability, risk assessment
  • Special projects – for example new community facilities, parking restrictions and speed monitoring.

You don’t need to bring specific skills as enthusiasm and a willingness to work as a team to support your community are all that is needed.

Parish Council Meetings

You will need to be available on Monday evenings to attend Parish Council and Committee meetings. The Parish Council has four standing committees, Environment, Finance and General Purposes, Planning and Personnel as well as sub-committees for the Allotments and Community Orchard. Meetings generally take place every third Monday.