What matters to you in your local area?
Is it the state of the local park, improve services for older people, making the roads safer or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?
Whatever needs changing in your parish, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. Perhaps you are already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step. Or you may be looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your local community.
Are you ready to help change the face of local government? No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to quality of life for people in your local area.
Please read on……..
Anyone wishing to stand in these elections is advised to read the guidance produced by the Electoral Commission, which outlines aspects of the elections and what is expected of candidates: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales. Please note that, following a change in legislation, the nomination forms will be amended to take into account the fact that candidates will be able to withhold their home address from ballot papers and official notices. My current understanding is that this will be available towards the end of January. Once we have confirmation of this, we will circulate further local guidance notes for candidates’ information. These elections will be administered by Test Valley Borough Council, however any queries about what the role of a councillor is, expected commitment, etc, will necessarily need to be answered by yourselves.
There is also a page on our website that has some useful information on it, along with a timetable for the elections: http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/aboutyourcouncil/localdemocracy/elections/elections-2-may-2019-candidates-and-agents and which will be updated with further information the nearer we get to the elections. Please note the deadline for the submission of nomination forms in particular (4pm on 3 April 2019) – all seats within your parishes are up for election in May, so even those councillors who are hoping to remain on the parish council will need to complete a nomination form. Nominations will commence following the publication of the Notice of Election on Friday 22 March 2019.