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Have you considered standing for the parish council in May 2019

As a Parish Councillor you have the opportunity to be involved in decisions which affect day to day life in the community, supporting local groups and organisations, managing allotments and play areas, commenting on planning applications as well as many other issues.

There is a growing reputation about the work carried out by Town and Parish Councils. They are an important tier of Local Government, they are close to the community, accessible and a vehicle for representations to the Borough Council.

In Mountsorrel, for example, the business of the Parish Council is conducted through the meetings of the Parish Council and it’s Sub-Committees, or working groups can be formed to consider specific issues.

If you would like to learn more, you could speak to the Clerk to the Council, Lorraine Davies, or talk to any local Parish Councillor. You can of course attend Parish Council meetings to experience them for yourself.

The next Parish Council elections take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.  This is the opportunity for local residents who are interested in their communities to become a Councillor.

Charnwood Borough Council are responsible to running the elections and will shortly be issuing an official timetable together with details of how to obtain nomination packs.  Keep an eye on the website www.charnwood.gov.uk

As an indication for prospective candidates a broad timetable is as follows:

This timetable covers the following polls taking place on 2 May 2019:

The days which are disregarded in calculating the timetable are Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, bank holidays and any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Please be aware that the timetable may change in the event of days being appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

If residents are interested there is a number of useful publications that can be downloaded, namely:

The Good Councillor’s Guide – https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/uploads/the-good-councillors-guide-2018-10.pdf

It Takes All Sorts – https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/uploads/it-takes-all-sorts—2nd-ed.pdf

Power to the People – https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/uploads/power-to-the-people—what-are-local-councils.pdf

Electoral Commission – Guidance for Candidates – https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/uploads/part-1-can-you-stand-for-election-p-and-c-16.pdf

Useful Links

Be a Councillor website – https://beacouncillor.co.uk/