There are elections taking place for all Weymouth Town Council wards on Thursday 2nd May.
I’m thinking of standing, what does a town councillor do?
Councillors represent their community. They also make decisions about how we use our budget and run our services in our beautiful coastal town; from the beach and Promenade to 10 public toilet buildings, 18 play areas, four cemeteries, allotment sites, events, licences, leases, and projects including Tumbledown Farm. They also make decisions on how we generate income to keep Council Tax low.
Who can stand to be a Councillor?
Almost anyone can stand, as long as you are:
- British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
- at least 18 years old
- You meet at least one of these criteria: You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
- You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
- Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area.
- You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
You can’t be a Councillor if you:
- work at Weymouth Town Council, or for another council in a politically restricted post
- are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
- have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day
- have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
You don’t need to be a member of a political party; Weymouth Town Council already has five independent Councillors.
Where can I find more information?
If you are thinking of standing as a candidate in the upcoming election, guidance and resources are available for candidates from the Electoral Commission View the Electoral Commission’s guidance and resources for candidates and agents at local government elections in England.
There is also a toolkit available which you can download below:
PROSPECTIVE COUNCILLOR EVENT Come along to our drop-in session on Wednesday 21st February, 6pm to 7pm in the Council Chamber, the New Town Hall, Commercial Road and find out more.
Timetable of key dates, left