Council Elections 2022
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government, and as such have a large range of discretionary powers to spend public money, as well as a number of duties they have to perform. As a parish councillor, you will be involved in a variety of areas, such as ensuring Melbourn’s green spaces are well looked after or considering planning applications. You will be an active participant in committees and working groups, using your specific skills and interests for the benefit of the council.
Parish Council Elections May 5th 2022
- want to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of your local community?
- have concerns for the local area and want to ensure the community gets the right services?
- want to represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are at the heart of decision making?
Do you have….?
- 2-3 hours per week to spare;
- communication and presentation skills to express needs of local residents during meetings and become a voice for the Council;
- interpersonal skills for engaging with the community;
- a commitment towards representing local people;
- an objective, analytical and critical mind;
Then you should consider becoming a Parish Councillor!
Becoming a councillor is rewarding and a form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of daily lives and prospects of local people. Parish councillors should have a wide range of skills and experiences to ensure that the council they serve is truly representative.
What do you need to do?
If you would like to become a councillor, there are THREE things that need to be done:
1 You need to Qualify
To Qualify you need to be: –
· British, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
· At least 18 years of age;
· Registered to vote in the area; OR
· Have lived in the parish (or within 3 miles of it), worked or owned property there for at least
12 months before an election.
- You need to Complete Nomination Papers
The Nomination process…
You must obtain and complete a valid Nomination Paper. These are available from the Returning Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council or from the Parish Clerk.
Completed forms must contain details of your name and address and must be signed by 2 registered electors of the parish.
- You need to Stand for Election
The Election Process
Ordinary elections for local councillors take place on the first Thursday in May, every four years. For Melbourn Parish Council, elections are due to be held on Thursday, 5 May, 2022.
Your nomination papers must be lodged with the Returning Officer by 4pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022 at the latest. There are no exceptions to this deadline and the responsibility for submitting the paperwork on time falls to you! If you are unsure, please contact the Parish Clerk.
So, if you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to put them to good use to serve your local area, then why not become a Parish Councillor!
If you would like to find out more about what is involved in being a Councillor, why not come along to one of our meetings? Members of the public are always welcome. Full Council meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Community Hub.
Or you could write, email or contact us using the contact details below. We’ll be happy to provide more information on standing as a councillor in the 2022 local elections.
01763 263303 x3