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Become a Town or Parish Councillor and help shape where you live


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You can be a Parish or Town Councillor in 2019 and help shape the area where your family, friends and neighbours live by representing them on your local council.

That’s the message from Rushcliffe Borough Council who oversee Parish and Town Council elections every four years and are appealing for more members of communities across the Borough to stand and represent their fellow residents and stakeholders in their local area.

There are 351 seats to fill across Rushcliffe’s towns and villages, some of which have been uncontested in recent elections.

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The Council is keen any individual who has the desire to represent their local area is aware of the ease of the process to stand as a candidate.

Stand as a town or parish councillor and help shape where you live

To stand as a councillor is straight forward and takes no longer than an hour to complete all the relevant paperwork.

Cluster sessions will also take place at locations in the Borough for prospective candidates to ask questions and find out more information from the Council’s Elections team on the following dates:

• Tuesday January 22, Cropwell Butler Village Hall, 7pm

• Monday January 28, Tollerton Methodist Church, 7pm

• Tuesday January 29, Gotham Memorial Hall, 7pm

Returning Officer and Council Chief Executive Allen Graham explained why hundreds of members of Rushcliffe communities already stand in their town, village or ward.
He said: “Standing as a parish councillor can be exceptionally rewarding and by standing and being elected you can help change your community for the better.

“Age or experience is not important, you can represent your local area as long as you are over 18. You don’t have to be part of a political party, anyone can stand as an independent candidate.

“If there a particular local issue you wish to influence or feel passionate about, why not stand for election?

“You could also actively play a part in hosting and co-ordinating community events and celebrations. Being a Town or Parish Councillor can be great way to influence the shape of a wider community’s activities and initiatives and unite people together to achieve more.”

Email elections@rushcliffe.gov.uk or call 0115 914 8515 for more information.

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