Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Passionate about your community? Become a town councillor

Passionate about your community? Become a town councillor

Do you want to help make long-lasting changes in your local area? Do you have concerns about an issue affecting you and your community and want to do something about it? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? If this is you, then we need you!

We need someone with strong links to their community to put themselves forward for co-option to Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council.

There is a casual vacancy on the council in the Highbridge ward. We would like to fill this vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.

A notice to advertise the vacancy in the Highbridge ward was posted on November 15th 2021. No request for an election was made, and therefore the council is now seeking to fill the vacant Highbridge ward position by co-option.

No set qualification is required to be a councillor. It is important that people of all backgrounds and experiences serve as councillors so all parts of the community are represented. Training for new councillors is available and encouraged to help you understand the responsibilities of the role.

If you would like to join the town council or would like to know more, please complete an application form via our website: https://burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/projects or, get in touch at info@burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk and we will be happy to talk with you about the role and what’s involved. Closing date for applications is 3pm: 5th January 2022.

Eligible applicants will be asked to come along to a town council meeting to make a short statement about why they are interested in the role.

Who can be a councillor?

Almost anyone, as long as you are:

. British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
. At least 18 years old
. Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You can’t be a councillor if you:

. Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically restricted post
. Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
. Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day
. Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.

To apply, click on the link below:

If your application for co-option is successful, you will be required to sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and complete an entry in the council’s register of members’ interests. This involves putting your address, employment, relevant major shareholdings and membership of charities, pressure groups, political parties etc., on public record.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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