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Notice of Casual Vacancies


PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two casual vacancies have occurred in the office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillors James Burfitt and John Haines on 18th March 2019 and 19th March 2019, respectively.

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

The rule allows for ten local government electors for the South Marston Parish to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancies. That request must be made within fourteen days excluding dies non. The fourteen-day notice period ends on 15th April 2019.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancies is made in writing to the Returning Officer, by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancies.

Requests must be made in writing to The Returning Officer, Swindon Borough Council, Room 1.2, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

If a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time period Rule 5(5) of the above rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt two persons to fill the vacancies

This notice is dated Tuesday 26th day of March 2019

Gary Vickery

Clerk to the Council

South Marston Parish Council


The Parish Council Clerk

The Parish Council Clerk, Gary Vickery, has found that clerking is not for him and that the time requirements of the job do not fit well with his other interests.  He has formally resigned but will carry on until Easter.

The PC are analysing the role of clerk and will be separating out the financial aspects of the job, which over recent years have become increasingly technical. Gary, who has a background in management consulting, is continuing to assist us in this.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in taking on the role, please contact Gary on 01793 686150 or e-mail