The next Town Council elections will take place on 4 May 2017. The elections process is managed by Wiltshire Council and the latest documentation and guidance can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections. A limited number of Nomination Packs will be available to potential candidates from Corsham Town Hall between 15 March and 4 April. The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.
Most people are eligible to stand for election but there are a few rules. For example you must be at least 18 or older on the day of nomination and be a UK, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.
What do Councillors (also known as members/elected members) do?
An individual Councillor’s role is to respond to the needs and aspirations of the local community and provide leadership. Councillors have three main elements to their work.
1) Decision making - Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2) Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3) Getting involved locally - As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the Councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.
How much time does it take up?
Some Councillors spend two or three hours per week on Town Council business but many spend much more time than this.
In the main, being a Town Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live, work and visit.
To find out more about what your Town Council does please visit the Town Hall, attend one or two meetings, or speak to one of our Councillors or staff.
The 2017 Election Timetable is available here.
Additional information is available at The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) website, www.nalc.gov.uk.