YOUR PARISH COUNCIL NEEDS YOU!
Every four years all parish councillors must retire and, if they wish, can seek re-election to the Parish Council. The next full council elections take place on 2nd May 2019 and nominations for election can be made from 26th March
2019 onwards. This is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to your local community so why not consider standing as a parish councillor?
To stand for election to become a parish councillor you must be:
- At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
- A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, or
- You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election, or
- Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area, or
- You have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
Disqualifications from standing
There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to a parish or community council in England and Wales.
You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election:
- You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees), or
- You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order, or
- You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day, or
- You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998.
How to Apply
To apply, you’ll need a nomination pack which is available from the Elections Office at Telford & Wrekin. A limited number of packs are available from Parish Clerk (Parish Office, Maws Craft Centre, Jackfield). All completed nominations must be hand delivered to the Elections Office no later than 4pm on 3rd April 2019, where it will be checked with you to make sure there are no errors which might lead to your form being rejected.
The Gorge Parish Council is divided into 3 wards. Both the Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Ward and the Lightmoor Ward have three councillors and the Coalport & Jackfield Ward has two councilors. So candidates select which ward they wish to represent. The first meeting of council will be on Tuesday 14th May at 7 pm.
For more information about how to apply or what the role of a Parish Councillor entails, speak to a current councillor or to the parish clerk.
Details of how to contact councillors or the clerk can be found on the “contact us” page. Please note that the clerk is only available on Tues -Thurs each week in the office.