Residents have been asking for more information about what is involved in being a councillor and how to stand as a councillor in the Upper Rissington by-election on 17th October.
What does a councillor do?
A councillor’s primary role is to represent the interests of the parish and the people who live in it. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to engage with you and the council. Good communication and engagement are vital.
Below are two documents that describe the work of parish councils and councillors that we hope you find informative. You will also learn a great deal about the work of the parish council by checking our website and minutes of past meetings.
Completing the nomination papers
The important first step is to be nominated for election. Nomination packs are available now, and completed papers must be hand delivered to Cotswold District Council’s offices in Cirencester by 4pm on Friday 20 September. The window for submitting nominations is always rather short, and the deadline is laid down in statute – late nominations cannot be accepted – so don’t delay in coming forward.
The pack includes nomination and consent forms. To stand in the election, a candidate must be nominated by two people on the electoral register for the parish. The consent form requires your name, address, electoral roll number and a declaration of eligibility. If you don’t already know the relevant electoral roll numbers, then Cotswold District Council’s elections team can provide them. The Electoral Commission has published guidance on how to complete the declaration, which is reproduced below. It is advisable to complete as many sections of the declaration that apply.
While this may appear onerous, it isn’t as difficult as it seems. The elections team will assist where they can, and are usually happy to check the validity of your form electronically in order to save wasted journeys – just scan and send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any other questions, please contact the parish office.