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Term of Office

The term of office of a parish councillor is four years, and councils are elected en bloc. The legislation provides that the number of elected members of a parish council shall not be less than five.


The timing of the election cycle is linked to that of the election of district councillors for the ward containing the parish

Uncontested Elections

Where there are an equal number or fewer candidates than there are vacancies, all candidates are elected unopposed, and no poll is taken.

Where there are fewer candidates than vacant seats, the parish council has the duty to co-opt any person or persons to fill the vacancies. This power, however, may only be exercised if there is a quorum of councillors present and within 35 days of the election.

If the parish council fails to fill the vacancies within this period, the district council may dissolve it and order fresh elections.

Contested Elections

Where there are more candidates than vacancies, a poll must be held.

Casual Vacancies

Where a vacancy occurs during the term of a parish council, it may be filled by either election or cooption. Elections only occur if, following the advertisement of the vacancy for 14 days, 10 electors send a written request to the returning officer. If no request is received, the parish council will be required to fill the vacancies by cooption.

If the number of vacancies on the parish council is such that there is no longer a quorum, the district council may temporarily appoint persons to bring the council up to strength in the interval prior to an election.













Current Elected Parish Councillors

Councillor Councillor with Responsibility for: Address Contact Telephone Number
Valerie Rawles


Chairman Rooksbridge Playing Field Com.

Cemetery Com.

Edingworth Cottage, Edingworth Road, Edingworth, Weston-S-Mare, Somerset. BS24 0JB

Tel: 01934 751 108

07752 282835

Edward Champion

Planning Applications

Cemetery Committee

Collis Farm, Bridgwater Road, East Brent, Highbridge. Somerset. TA9 4HL

Tel: 01278 760990

07969 901650

John Bowden

Chairman of Cemetery Committee

Parish Environment

Dulhorn Farm, Weston Road, Edingworth, Weston-Super-Mare BS24 0JQ

Tel: 01934 750 298

07910 649856

Andrew Gilling Highways Ashlawn Farm, Rooksbridge, Somerset, BS26 2TS

Tel: 01934 750 580

07720 034112

Nigel Lloyd-Jones

Parish Council Vice-Chairman


Parish Environment

Bemstone House, Brent Road, East Brent, Highbridge, Somerset. TA9 4JD. Tel: 01278 760 218
Colin Loader

Rooksbridge Playing Field Com

Website Administration

Planning Applications

Parish Magazine Compositor

3 Johnson Close East Brent, Highbridge. Somerset. TA9 4RZ 

Tel: 01278 760713

07931 429927

Bill Walker

Parish Council Chairman

Website Administration 

Rooksbridge Playing Field Com

Parish Magazine Editor & Finance

Aventine, The Mead, East Brent, Highbridge, Somerset. TA9 4JJ Tel: 01278 760896
Barbara Woodward Village Hall Representative Bardene, Wickham Way, East Brent, Nr Highbridge, Somerset TA9 4JB Tel: 01278 760 589
Robert Bees

Emergency Planning 

Cemetery Committee

Westwood, Brent Road, East Brent TA9 4DB Tel: 01278 760 750
Helen Broderick Rooksbridge Playing Field Committee Meadow View, Old Bristol Road, East Brent. 01278 760924
Jim Murray

Parish Clerk

Responsible Finance Officer

The Robins, Robins Lane, Burtle, Som.TA7 8NY


Email: theclerk@eastbrentparishcouncil.org.uk

Day: 01278 450406

Eve & Weekends:

01278 722577


Elected District Councillors (Knoll Ward)

Unknown at this present time.      
Andrew Gilling           Ashlawn Farm, Rooksbridge, Somerset, BS26 2TS Tel: 01934 750 580

Elected County Councillor (Brent Division)

Bob Filmer   Wascalyn 48 Brent Street Brent Knoll Somerset TA9 4DT Tel: 01278 760760

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