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Can somebody stand for Parish Councillor in local elections in a village/parish where they have a business but don’t live?  They would be on the electoral role but not in the village/parish in question, it would their residential parish which is a neighbouring parish.
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Yes they can. 

In order to be eligible for co-option as a Parish Councillor you must be a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union.  You must be 18 years of age or over on the “relevant date”, that being the day on which you are nominated.  You must additionally be able to agree with the following qualifications set out below:

  1. I am registered as a local government elector for the parish OR
  2. I have, during the whole twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish OR
  3. My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been within the parish OR
  4. I have, during the whole twelve months resided in the parish, or within three miles of it
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By the way I know of a case at Borough level where a candidate moved away from the area but paid a peppercorn rent to a supporter for  a garage in the Ward
It was reported to the Police but as there was a rental agreement nothing further happened

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