Parish Council Elections

Please see below for results of the following elections:

  • By Election held in Bedmond Ward on 8th September 2022
  • By Election held in Primrose Hill Ward on 5th May 2022
  • By Election held in Primrose Hill Ward on 3rd October 2019
  • Parish Council elections held on 2nd May 2019

Details of previous elections are available on the Three Rivers District Council elections website.

Filling a casual vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor

If a vacancy arises on a Parish Council, due to an existing Councillor’s resignation, disqualification or death, there is a process to fill the vacancy. Find out more about this process and see current vacancies / election notices below.

Process to fill a vacancy

  • The Parish Council will notify the Proper Officer of the vacancy.
  • The Proper Officer will send the Parish Council a notice, which they have a duty to display for 14 working days, telling residents about the vacancy.

An election will be called if ten residents, who are registered to vote in the area where the vacancy has arisen, write to the Returning Officer asking that an election be held. If the parish council is warded, the request must come from ten electors within the relevant ward.

What happens if an election is not called?

The Parish Council is notified by Three Rivers that an election has not been called and that the vacancy may be filled by co-option or, if vacancies remain after a recent election, the following procedure will apply:

The Parish Council will post a notice on its notice boards advertising the vacancies. The notice will also include the closing date for all expressions of interest to be received.

When the applications have been received, the Clerk will consider the application letter(s). If the applicant is:

  • not disqualified they may be co-opted on to the Parish Council.
  • if there is more than one applicant, then the decision will be decided by a vote.


Eligibility for office

To qualify for election as a Parish Councillor, and to hold this position, an applicant must be:

A British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen and on the relevant day (the day of nomination or election) have reached 18 years of age or over. They must also meet at least one of these four qualifications:

  • on the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the Parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day, they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day, they have lived in the parish or within 4.8km (3 miles) of the parish boundary



An applicant may be disqualified from standing (or being co-opted), if they are a paid officer or employee of that parish, have had bankruptcy restriction orders made against them or they have a previous criminal conviction with a prison sentence of three months or more.

If you are in any doubt whether you would be able to stand for election or co-option, contact Electoral Services via 01483 505050 or visit the Electoral Commission website for more information.


Notices of Vacancy or Election

There are no vacancies at this time.



Notices of Vacancy




that due to the death of Councillor Jean Bowman, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 7 July 2022 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 12 September 2022.

Dated 17 June 2022

Joanne Wagstaff
Returning Officer
Three Rivers House

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