May will soon be here, bringing with it election season. For those that are interested in standing as a parish councillor, here is some key information.
Nomination packs are now available from the electoral commission and nominations can be submitted from the 12th March by hand at 4 venues until the 5th April with a 4pm deadline. This is also the deadline for nominations to be withdrawn from the election process.
There are 7 seats on the parishcouncil, so if 7 or less stand for council, then the election is uncontested and those that have stood will automatically be elected and there will be no formal
election process. If, however there are more than 7 nominations, then the election is contested and a parish election will be held on the 2nd May, with those that have been elected as parish councillors taking office from the 7th May.
I would invite anyone that is interested in standing as a parish councillor to get in touch with the clerk, as there is a lot more information available regarding dates, drop off venues, the process, responsibilities etc.
You can also look at the links already posted to the website, as well as the below videos which are useful.
7th February 7.30pm – Kevin Clayton, representing the Green Party, will come and answer questions about how the party plans to tackle climate and environmental issues after the next election. There will be three more talks allowing each of the major parties to respond to these vital questions. Everyone welcome!
21st February 7.30pm – Edward Morello, the Liberal Democrat candidate for West Dorset, will come and answer questions about how the Lib Dems will respond to questions about water quality, pollution, agricultural policy, renewable energy after the next election. The second of four talks allowing each of the major parties to respond. Everyone welcome!