Elections

Parish Council Elections Thursday 2nd May – Could you become a Parish Councillor?

The Parish Council elections will be held on Thursday May 2nd and West Buckland Parish Council is looking for people who are passionate about their community to stand for election. Some of the current councillors will be standing down and this is an opportunity for new people to come forward and get involved.

Parish Councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community. Parish councillors decide on what services and projects the council will deliver. As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, parish councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.

Meetings are held at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month, except December, at West Buckland Village Hall. There is usually some reading in preparation for the meetings which are generally a maximum of two hours in length but often less. Councillors can volunteer to take on some other duties, such as representing the Parish Council at other meetings or helping with looking after the playing field, but this is not compulsory. Training will be provided.

GETTING ELECTED

To stand for election you must:

  • Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be an elector of the parish council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area parish council serves (as owner or tenant); or work in the area local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.

WHAT WE REQUIRE OF YOU

Councillors are required to sign the  Declaration of Acceptance of Office Form  and abide by the Code of Conduct

You will be required to complete a Register of Member’s Interests Form within 28 days of being elected. This form will be published on the parish website and the District Council website. 

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE

Contact the Clerk, Mrs Jill Larcombe: email westbucklandclerk@gmail.com or phone 01884 252647: or

Attend a briefing session before the next Parish Council meeting. The Chair, Clerk and some councillors will be available to answer questions between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th March in the Committee Room, West Buckland Village Hall. You are welcome to attend the Parish Council meeting afterwards.

Further information

All About Local Councils 2018

The-Good-Councillors-guide-2018

elections-timetable

National Association of Local Council Video about becoming a local councillor

Could you become a District Councillor

https://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/elections-voting/becoming-a-councillor-2019-election/