Crewkerne Town Council are hosting an information evening for any local resident who is considering standing as a prospective candidate in this year’s Parish Elections. The event will take place in the Council Chamber at Crewkerne Town Hall on Monday March 4th at 7 pm.
Councillor Kathy Head and town clerk Peter Davidson will give a short informal presentation about what councillors do, including practical information on the main role of a councillor and the collective power of the council to make decisions about the community. This will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions, to assist those interested in making their decision about whether to stand in the Parish Elections to be held on Thursday May 2nd.
Becoming a town councillor requires commitment and dedication with a pledge to work with other elected councillors for the benefit of the local community. Most of the tasks can be carried out at a time that fits in around day to day life, such as work or caring commitments. The opportunity to serve as a town councillor for a term of four years, if elected on polling day, allows successful candidates to make a valuable contribution to the local community and become part of the decision making process on matters relating to planning and highways, policy and resources and amenities. Crewkerne town councillors are also able to help shape the future of the town, safeguard its public facilities and investigate a regeneration strategy for the town centre.
Nomination papers for prospective candidates will be available around the same time as the information evening and need to be submitted to the Returning Officer at SSDC by 4 pm on the nineteenth working day before the May election, with the cut off date for all nominations, whether by independent or party candidates, being advised as April 3rd, 2019. For more information on the information evening and standing as a candidate for Crewkerne Town Council, please contact the office in Crewkerne on 01460 74001.