The co-option of a Councillor occurs when a casual vacancy has arisen on the Council and no poll (by-election) has been called. In addition, the Council has the power to co-opt members within 35 days of an election if there are less than the number of Councillors permitted to be elected for the Parish (currently 13). To ensure that a fair and transparent process is undertaken, Chelmsford Garden Community Council has agreed a Co-option Policy.
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