Thinking of being a councillor?

Thinking of being a councillor?

On January 30, 2017, Posted by , With Comments Off on Thinking of being a councillor?

Next elections for Westbury Town Council will be held on: Thursday 4th May 2017
The deadline for receipt of nominations is 4pm on Tuesday 4th April 2017

What Next?

Whatever needs changing in your neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to quality of life for people in your local area.

What Does a Councillor Do?

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community. The elected term is four years. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects. Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work.

The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:

• Representing the ward for which they are elected
• Decision-making, attending council meetings and voting
• Developing and reviewing council policy
• Act as a consultee on planning applications
• Community engagement

Who Can Be a Councillor?

The easy answer is almost anyone, as long as you are:

• British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
• At least 18 years old
• Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You cannot be a councilor if you are:

• Employed by the council or another local authority
• Subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
• Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more during the 5 years before election day
• Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

Once you decide you want to take it further and put yourself forward as a candidate, what’s the next step?
The answer depends on whether you want to represent a political party, or group, or would like to stand as an independent candidate. If you want to represent a political party, then the next step would be to get involved with your local party as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of standing as an independent candidate your next step is to start building your profile, ready for the next election on Thursday 4th May 2017, so that local people know who you are. Work out how you will represent your community and understand what it is the people want.

Nearer election time, as you start going door to door persuading people to vote for you, you will be challenged on your opinions. Whether you have 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 10 people to sign your nomination papers. Signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand. These papers are available from your local council’s elections team at Wiltshire Council. You must also give your consent to your nomination in writing.
All the necessary documents must be submitted 19 working days before the day of the election.

Visit the Electoral Commission Website for more information: www.electoralcommision.org.uk. Why not come along to a local council meeting? Or make an appointment to speak with the Town Clerk to find out more about Westbury Town Council and pop in to the office and meet the team?

For any enquiries call 01373 822232

What Does Westbury Town Council Do & Provide?

• Town Centre CCTV
• The Laverton
• Town Caretaker – to top up street cleaning
• Penleigh Skatepark
• Adult Fitness Equipment in Grassacres Park
• Christmas Lights & Events
• Summer Bi-Annual Street Fayre & Evening Concert
• Town Centre Public Toilets
• Flower Beds & Hanging Baskets
• Grants – to local organisations and schools
• Street Furniture – Benches/Fingerposts etc
• Consultee on Planning Applications
• Roundabout sponsorship
• Blue Plaque Trail

Below lists details of the responsibilities of Wiltshire Council and more details can be found on their website: www.wiltshirecouncil.gov.uk

Highways including pot holes and street lighting, Refuse and recycling, Car parks, Planning and economic development, Housing, Education, Adult social care, Children’s services, Transport, Libraries, Public health and Area boards.

COME ALONG TO A COUNCIL MEETING AND FIND OUT WHAT THE COUNCIL DOES DATES OF MEETINGS HELD AT THE LAVERTON, ALL MEETINGS START AT 7PM.

9th January – Town Council
16th January – Highways, Planning & Development
6th February – Policy & Resources
20th February – Highways, Planning & Development
6th March – Town Council
20th March – Highways, Planning & Development
3rd April – Policy & Resources Committee (Tuesday due to Bank Holiday)
17th April – Highways, Planning & Development
24th April – Annual Town Meeting
15th May – Annual Town Council Meeting

Next elections for Westbury Town Council will be held on: Thursday 4th May 2017
The deadline for receipt of nominations is 4pm on:Tuesday 4th April 2017

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