Do you care about local matters affecting your community and would you be willing to represent their views as part of the first tier of local government – your Parish Council?
On Thursday, 2nd May 2019 Herefordshire Council elections are being held and anyone eligible can put themselves forward for one of over 1,000 Parish Councillor seats in Herefordshire’s 133 parishes, or for one of the 53 Ward seats.
Following the nomination process, a number of Parish Councillor positions have been confirmed as uncontested (see notices below). In Eardisley, there are 6 vacancies and the process for filling these will be published very shortly.
Four of the six Eardisley Parish vacancies were filled by co-option at the Parish Council meeting on 20th May 2019. It is hoped the remaining 2 vacancies will be appointed at the next meeting on Monday, 10th June 2019. The post-election Co-option Policy is below; application and eligibility declaration forms can be obtained by contacting the Clerk.
Other Key Dates You Need to Know
Tuesday, 12th March 2019 Notice of Election
Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 Deadline for Delivery of Nomination Papers –
**4:00pm – ABSOLUTE LATEST!**
Thursday, 2nd May 2019 Polling Day
Link to full Election Timetable
Could You Be a Councillor?
If you meet the following criteria and are prepared to make a commitment to holding public office, the answer is probably YES!
You need to be:
- British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
- At least 18 years old
- Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election
You can’t be a councillor if you:
- Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a political restricted post
- Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
- Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day
- Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court
What Do You Need to Know?
In addition to the very helpful and comprehensive Herefordshire Council web site, you may like to look at the following guidance on what it means to be a Councillor:
- Local Government Association Guide to becoming a Councillor
- A video Clip on YouTube: Hear From Your Councillors
- On Facebook: Facebook Herefordshire Council
- On Twitter: Twitter Herefordshire Council
- Essential guidance for local councillors: The Good Councillor’s Guide
- Based on the ‘Build a Bear’ shops where children can go to build their perfect teddy bear, Clerks at an SLCC conference were asked to build their perfect Parish Councillor! Build a Councillor