Vacancy on Sandgate Parish Council for Sandgate Village ward

If you are passionate about your local community, we need you. Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they serve to put themselves forward.

Are you interested in becoming a Councillor?

Following the recent resignation of Tracy Stephens we have a vacancy for one Councillor to join  Sandgate Parish Council.

This vacancy will be filled by a process called co-option. The person co-opted will hold the position until the next Parish Council elections in May 2027.

We are now inviting applications from local people to join Sandgate Parish Council. In terms of eligibility, you must be a British, Commonwealth or European Union citizen, over 18 years old and are registered to vote in the area; or have lived, worked, or owned property here for at least 12 months.

Responsibilities of the Parish Council

The Parish Council is responsible for running Sandgate Library, maintaining Sandgate and Fremantle Parks and other green spaces in the Parish and is a consultee on local planning issues. It also determines how much money to raise through the council precept to deliver these services to the residents of the parish.

What kind of person do we need?

You should have an active interest in local issues and things that affect local people and a willingness to represent the views of the community. You should be able to commit the time and effort to the role and to attend as many monthly Council meetings as possible, and you will be required to join one or two of the Committees or working groups and attend their meetings.

How to apply

To apply, please send a letter of application to the Parish Clerk, Gaye Thomas at by noon on Thursday 18th April or drop off at Sandgate Parish Council & Library, James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR. In your letter you may wish to include your connection to the parish, why you want to be a parish councillor and what skills / experience you can bring to the Council.

Applications will be looked at by Councillors and voted on at a meeting of the Full Council on 22nd April at 6.30pm, in Sandgate Library. You will be invited to attend and say a few words, and ask and answer any questions with the Councillors prior to the meeting.