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Nov132018

Parish Council Elections 2 May 2019

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2nd MAY 2019

Thursday the 2nd May 2019 will see District and Parish Council elections take place. These elections represent a tremendous opportunity for local people to be involved in their communities not only as voters but as Parish Councillors, should they be elected.

Parish Councils are the part of local government closest to the people and as such deal with matters at a local level with a view to representing the whole electorate within the parish, delivering services to meet local needs and endeavouring to improve the quality of life of local people. There are many powers under which a parish council can act including:  local youth projects, playing fields and Open Spaces, public conveniences, allotments, bus shelters, crime reduction measures and traffic calming. This is, of course, all subject to financial limitation. Funds are largely raised through the Council Tax collected each year.

 A Parish Councillor is elected by the public for a four-year term and in the role will be involved in deciding, as part of the council, what activities to support, where money should be spent at a local level and what services should be delivered. Much of this work is directed by the budget determined and approved by the Council at the annual precept meeting held in January each year. Councillors will also monitor service delivery and represent their constituents and local organisations, taking up issues on their behalf.

 Anyone can stand as a candidate provided they meet these qualification requirements:

 v  Aged over 18

v  A British or Commonwealth Citizen or Euronational Citizen (who is a registered elector)

v  Resident for 12 months prior to the day of the election – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

v  Occupied land or premises for 12 months as owner or tenant – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

v  Have a principal place of work – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

 You cannot stand for election if any of the following apply to you:

¯    You hold a paid office with the Council you wish to stand for

 ¯    If you are subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order creates disqualification which dates from the judgment or execution and generally ends one year after the relevant order is made

¯    If you have within five years before the election or since election been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and been sentenced to not less than three months' imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine. 

  • Imprisonment probably includes any type of custodial sentence.
  • This disqualification begins when the ordinary period for making an appeal is finally dismissed or abandoned or fails for want of prosecution

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Parish Councillor please come along to some of our scheduled meetings which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to see how things work. Agendas, detailing the business to be discussed, are published in each village on the Parish notice-boards and on our website and in our newsletter, as are the dates and times of the meetings. Anyone interested in standing for election for the Parish can obtain a nomination pack from South Staffordshire Council from the beginning of March.

Should you wish to discuss standing for election as a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk to the Council.

 

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