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Find out more on how you can stand to be a Town or Parish Councillor

24 January 2019

You can now find out more about standing as a Parish or Town Councillor in May by requesting a nominations pack from Rushcliffe Borough Council. 

The authority oversee Parish and Town Council elections every four years and are appealing for more members of communities across the Borough to stand and represent their fellow residents and stakeholders in their local area.

It’s a chance for you to help shape where you live by representing your family, friends and neighbours on your local council.

There are 351 seats to fill across Rushcliffe’s towns and villages, some of which have been uncontested in recent elections.

The Council is keen any individual who has the desire to represent their local area is aware of the ease of the process to stand as a candidate.

To stand as a councillor is straight forward and takes no longer than an hour to complete all the relevant paperwork.

Prospective candidates can now request a nominations pack that will be sent to them in March with all the necessary documents required to stand for election. 

To request a nominations pack, prospective candidates need to contact the Elections team either by emailing or calling 0115 914 8515. 

Subsequently between March 18 and 4pm on April 3, the following must be must submitted to The Returning Officer:

  • Nomination Paper
  • Home Address Form
  • Consent to Nomination
  • Certificate of Authorisation if standing on behalf of a registered party

Returning Officer and Council Chief Executive Allen Graham said: “Standing as a parish councillor can see you help change your community for the better.

“Age or experience is not important, you can represent your local area as long as you are over 18. You don’t have to be part of a political party, anyone can stand as an independent candidate.

“If there a particular local issue you wish to influence or feel passionate about, why not stand for election?

“You could also actively play a part in hosting and co-ordinating community events and celebrations. Being a Town or Parish Councillor can be great way to influence the shape of a wider community’s activities and initiatives and unite people together to achieve more.”