The local Town & Parish elections are coming on Thursday 6th May 2021

WHITCHURCH TOWN COUNCIL NEEDS YOU!!

The local Town & Parish elections are coming on Thursday 6th May 2021

 

COULD YOU BECOME A LOCAL COUNCILLOR?

Joining as a local councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and volunteering as a member of a team to make a positive difference. You can become a voice for the people of the town and make a real change by helping to make it a better place for everyone to live and work.

You have to be a resident of the area Whitchurch Town Council serves or have your main place of work within the town. As a community leader you will probably have particular interests, skills or knowledge to offer, but should represent the interests of the Whitchurch community as a whole.

Whitchurch Town Council’s role is to represent and be a part of the community to provide a non-political service to the town across e.g. caring for our parks and open spaces, developing the Civic Centre and market, events, supporting charities and much more.

 

A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Councillors give an average of three hours of their time a week to complete council work. Depending on the role of the Councillor and committees this can require more or less time.

All Councillors are expected to prepare for and attend Full Council meetings once a month and it is anticipated you will join one of the committees to provide a valuable voice and contribution.

Committee meetings are either held once a month or once every other month and attendance is important to provide discussion and decisions on matters under discussion.

You need to undertake some training to understand how Councils have to operate, obligations and what it means to be a councillor and how a Councillor’s role differs from that of Council Officers. Training will be provided.

Whitchurch Town Council is completely separate from Shropshire Council which has a different remit and responsibilities.

Working as a local councillor is a completely voluntary role, so you do not get paid; you do it because you love your town and want to make a difference!

 

Who can stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. Residents must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in an area that is served by Whitchurch Town Council

SO HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! Why don’t you stand for Whitchurch Town Council and see what difference you can make to our town and community?

You are very welcome to come along to a council meeting (3rd Thursday of the month) to see what we do. The Council is currently meeting via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic. Agendas which contain the meeting links can be accessed from our website: www.whitchurchcouncil.uk

If you would like to talk to a councillor to get more detail, please contact the Acting Town Clerk who can arrange for you to have an informal chat with a councillor to give you the information you need.

Contact Whitchurch Town Council at info@whitchurchcouncil.uk to find out more or Tel: 01948 665761.

 

Helpful Links & Information

For further information prospective candidates should contact Shropshire Council:

Electoral Services,

Shropshire Council,

Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND.

elections@shropshire.gov.uk

Tel. 0345 678 9015

 

Elections Webpage:

A complete breakdown of the election information can be found here:

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/elections-and-electoral-registration/voting-and-elections/town-and-parish-elections-6-may-2021/   

www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

 

The nomination period opens on Tuesday 16th March

Nomination papers can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission’s website  (Note – you will still need to download the 6 application forms listed above);

Prospective candidates can access all the information they need here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/17310/town-parish-candidates-guidance-document.pdf

 

All nomination papers must be completed and submitted by hand to Shropshire Council’s Returning Office no later than the deadline of 4pm on Thursday 8th April 2021.

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