There are still 6 Councillor Vacancies.  Applications are invited.


Could you be a Tillingham Village Councillor? 

Do you love living or working in Tillingham?

Do you want to make a difference and give something back to this community?

Then apply to be co-opted to the Council


  • As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. 
  • You will be supported in your role and some training will be offered to help you.
  • You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team


You must also certify in writing that you

1) meet the criteria for eligibility, set out in s.79 of the Local Government Act 1972, to be a member of the council

In summary you must be:

  • A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union.
  • On the ‘relevant date’ (i.e. the day on which you are co -opted) be 18 years of age or over.


  • Be a local government elector for the Council area for which you want to stand on the ‘relevant date’.
  • Or have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day.
  • OR had your principal or only place of work in the council area during the same period.
  • OR have resided in the council area during that 12-month period.
  • OR You can satisfy the criteria to be co-opted if you have lived in the council area or within 4.8km (3miles) of it for the whole of the 12 months preceding the ‘relevant date’.


2) are not disqualified, pursuant to s.80 of the Local Government Act 1972, to be a member of the council.

In summary you cannot stand for co-option if:

  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • You have, within five years before the day of the co-option, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
  • You work for the Council you want to become a Councillor for (but you can work for other local Authorities, including the Principal Authorities that represent the same area).


Please send a letter of introduction/CV with a brief explanation about what you hope to bring to Tillingham Village Council to:

The Clerk, Tillingham Village Council, 2 Vicarage Lane, Tillingham, Essex CM0 7TW

Or email:


 From 16 July 2019 this additional process will be followed:

 1. The candidates will be interviewed by TVC councillors in a private session on Monday 19th August 2019, before the next meeting of TVC 

2. The decision to co-opt a successful candidate will then be made in public session at the TVC meeting on Tuesday 20th August 2019.

3. An approval to co-opt is made on the understanding that the successful candidate will attend three council meetings  (August, September, October)  and undertake the one session of training (date to be arranged) that the MDC Monitoring Officer will carry out. 

4. The formal co-option will then take place.

Cllr Dewick advised that MDC has been put to some considerable trouble by the failure of the village to field a quorate council despite there being two elections advertised and MDC now has a responsibility to ensure that the village council has a stable future.  It is essential that the process of co-opting is thorough in order to ensure that the council does not fail before the next election in 2023.  Therefore, a rigorous co-option procedure is to be followed. The process would ensure that not only does TVC select the right people for the job, but that the approved co-optee’s could see and learn how the council is run and have the opportunity to change their minds should they wish to do so.

If local residents are not willing to become members of Tillingham Village Council then MDC may, in the future, have no option but to amalgamate the Village Council with a neighbouring council.