Could you be a Town Councillor?

Jan Bailey

Would you like to serve your community, influence local decision-making and really make a difference? If so, why not consider standing as a Town Councillor in the May 2020 local elections?

There are roughly 20,000 local councillors in England. Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their own local community, so they must either live or work in the area.

Each Councillor has their own reasons for running but the role offers the chance to make a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your local area. Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, the political party they represent (if any) and the council.

The Councillor’s role centres around community leadership and engagement. Responsibilities include:

·        representing the ward for which they are elected

·        decision-making - developing and reviewing council policy

·        scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors

·        regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties

How can I get involved?

Once you’ve decided to get involved and stand as a councillor there are two main routes; you can decide to stand for one of the political parties/groups or as an independent.

Representing a political party

If you want to represent a political party, then get involved with your party locally as soon as possible. They will advise on what is involved and ultimately select a candidate.

Standing as an independent candidate

If you’re thinking of standing as an independent candidate, you can contact your council’s electoral services department. You will need to start becoming aware of issues in your local area, what your local council is doing about these issues, and how your own opinion differs from the political parties.

Getting officially nominated

Whether you’ve been selected by a party or are standing as an independent candidate, you must make sure that you are officially nominated as the election date draws nearer. This means getting ten people to sign your nomination papers, (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand) available from your local council’s democratic services department. Contact Wycombe District Council’s Electoral services department. 

You must also give your consent in writing to your nomination. All the necessary documents must be submitted 19 working days before the day of the election which is the 7th May 2020.

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Or for a more informal chat do pop into the Marlow Town Council Offices. 

Marlow Town Council,
Court Garden, Pound Lane,
Marlow, Bucks

Telephone: 01628 484024

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