Parish Elections

Local Parish Elections – 2nd May 2019

Become a Councillor

The elections for Parish Councils will take place on 2nd May 2019, this is your opportunity to help shape your community’s future and lend your voice and life experiences to help make decisions for your community in these challenging times.

No matter what your background or employment status everyone has valuable views that count and would add to the community’s voice.

I want to stand

Are you British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union?
Are you 18 years or over and not disqualified from taking office?
Can you meet at least one of the following conditions?

  • You are an elector of the parish
  • You have during the whole of the last 12 months either occupied as owner or tenant a home, land or other premises in the parish
  • Your principal or only place of work is in the parish or you live within 3 miles of the parish boundary

You can’t be a councillor if you:

  • Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a political restricted post
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

If you can meet the conditions above you qualify to stand for your local council

Will I be paid?

Councillors cannot be paid but they may claim reasonable expenses

How much work will it be?

Being a councillor can be very rewarding whether you take a very active role or not. The more time and energy you put in the greater the rewards. Every council is unique. Councils may have different numbers of councillors, different assets and deliver different services. Every council is shaped by the aspirations and needs of its community.

Check out the Parish Council Website at

To find out more contact the Parish Clerk on 01359 250037 as soon as possible