The Parish Council elections will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

 

Hatfield Peverel Parish Council is calling on residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election.

 

What do local councillors do?

Local councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes.

Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by:

  • engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs
  • making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward
  • getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community's needs

Hatfield Peverel Parish Council is involved in issues such as planning, playgrounds, litter bins, street cleaning, the burial ground, crime reduction measures, open spaces, footpaths and more.

 

How long does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work.  This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

 

Can I stand?

Most people are qualified to stand for election to their local council, but there are a few rules.  You must be:

  • A British Citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • An elector of the local council, or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the Parish Council services (as owner or tenant), or work in the area the Parish Council serves (as your principal or only place of work), or live within three miles of the Parish Council boundary

Once elected, councillors can sit on the local council for four years.  If they want to continue in the post they can stand for re-election.  This does not mean that you have to stay for four years.  If you find you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down at any time.

 

How can I get involved?

Contact the Parish Clerk for an informal chat on 01245 382865, or come along to a Parish Council meeting - these are held on the first Monday of each month at the village hall at 7.30pm.

Running your recruitment campaign to the correct timeline is vital.  Find below the key dates you will have to look out for and further useful information:

The Electoral Commission - timetable for local elections in England: 2 May 2019

Braintree District Council - District and Parish Elections 2019

Ordinary Elections for Parish Councils - information booklet

 

Why should I vote?

  • To make Hatfield Peverel Parish Council a true reflection of the community
  • To ensure that your views are represented
  • To get the Parish Council you deserve
  • To make Hatfield Peverel Parish Council accountable to the electorate
  • To make a difference