Councillor Vacancies and Elections

Wem Town Council – Councillor Vacancy

Co-Option Notice

Wem Town Council has one vacancy arising from the resignation of Cllr Crawshaw who represented the East Ward which can now be filled by co-option.

Eligibility criteria to be a Councillor

To be eligible to stand as a councillor you must be qualified by virtue of being a British or Commonwealth Citizen, Citizen of the Republic of Ireland or European Union Citizen, who has attained the age of 18 years and is:

(a) registered as a local government elector for the parish; and/or who has

(b) during the whole of the twelve months preceding the appointment occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish; and/or his/her

(c) principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; and/or has

(d) during those twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it;

and is not disqualified from holding office by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Applicants are asked to complete an application form which can be downloaded from our website Co-option Application Form 

A hard copy of the form can be obtained by contacting Wem Town Council, Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem SY4 5DB.

Access to a computer would be an advantage although not essential. 

Applications must be submitted to the Town Clerk at Wem Town Council, Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem SY4 5DB or via email to

If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Clerk on 01939 232733.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Applications will be considered at the March Meeting of the Town Council to be held on 30.3.23.


Penny O’Hagan Town Clerk (Town Clerk) 28.2.23



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that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the East Ward of Wem Town Council, following the resignation on 26.1.23 of Councillor Michael Crawshaw.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the Wem Town Council, East Ward in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.

* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,

** of the date of this notice.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

The fourteen-day period ends on 20.2.23

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Town Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy

This notice is dated 31.1.23

P O’Hagan, Town Clerk,

 Wem Town Council,

Edinburgh House

New Street, Wem

SY45DB Tel 01939 232733