Vacancies for Councillors
Published: 05 February 2021
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What is a Councillor’s Role?
The councillor’s role centres around community leadership and engagement. Responsibilities include:
· representing the ward for which they are elected
· developing and reviewing council policy
· regulatory and statutory duties
Am I able to stand for Council?
If you want to stand as a councillor you need to be:
• at least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit
• a British, Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen
• registered as a local government elector in the Parish; or have lived or had your principal place of work in the Parish for 12 months before standing; or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the Parish for a least 12 months before standing; or have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it for 12 months before standing.
You do not need any formal qualifications to stand as a councillor.
You cannot stand if:
• you work for your local council
• or you hold a politically restricted post for another organisation
• or you are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,
• or you have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more within five years prior to the election,
• or you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices
How do I get nominated?
Whether you’ve been selected by a party or are standing as an independent candidate, you must make sure that you are officially nominated. This means getting 2 people to sign your nomination papers (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand). Nomination papers will be available from Surrey Heath Borough Council, most likely from the end of March, but the availability of papers will be clearly advertised. You must also give your consent in writing to your nomination. All the necessary documents must be submitted 19 working days before the day of the election.
How long will I be a councillor?
The official term of office is four years. However in the case of the two current vacancies at Windlesham Parish Council, as they are casual vacancies that have arisen mid-term, you will serve as a councillor until May 2023.