A Call for local Councillors –
2nd May Elections
Gone are the days when local Councils were packed by local ‘dignitaries’ – in it for status and their own self-interest.
Today’s local councillors are a mixed crew of people representing their entire communities, and from all backgrounds. They are women and men who are representative of age, disability, sexuality, race, faith groups, waged or unwaged.
In our area too, the councils are pretty much apolitical with local issues to the fore rather than a particular political persuasion. Major political parties play little or no part in influencing the make- up of our small councils, even where councillors are members of political parties.
If you care about the community in which you live or work, and want to see change in your local area, not only is it critical that you vote, it is important that you also consider standing for parish or town elections.
This is the process: anyone wishing to stand for election must first find two eligible people to nominate them and submit completed and signed forms. Those nominating must be on the electoral roll of the council for which you are standing.
Forms are available from either South Somerset District Council offices, or from your local Clerk. Forms must be submitted by
4pm on Wednesday 3rd April,
delivered by hand to
South Somerset District Council Offices
Withdrawals of candidature are permitted up to 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd April.
If more people than the number of vacancies stand, there will be an election. The candidates with the most votes will become councillors.
In addition to being committed to our community, there are only a couple of criteria for standing. Briefly you are:
British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
at least 18 years old
registered to vote in the area
have lived, worked or owned property in your local council area
for at least 12 months, or
live within three miles
You may be disqualified from standing if you have been made bankrupt, served a prison sentence, work for a local Council or have been convicted of corrupt practice by an election court. It would be best to seek advice!
You don’t have to be clever or qualified to a high level to stand. You don’t have to worry about public speaking, just speaking out, when appropriate. As any good council should, the strengths and skills of individual Councillors will be valued and used where possible. Councils simply need people who are caring and committed team players, and who want to make a difference to the place where they live or work.
If you value local democracy, this is for YOU!
Chair Langport Town Council
For more information about becoming a Town Councillor call or visit the Town Council Offices, Town Hall, Bow Street, Langport TA10 9PR
Speak to a current Councillor about their experiences of been a Town Councillor