FITTLEWORTH PARISH COUNCIL is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.
What do councillors do?
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; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
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?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
• 18 years of age or older
• Live in an area that is served by a local council
How can I get involved?
Contact Louise Collis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01798 839078 for details on how to get a nomination pack or to find out more. Alternatively, for more information you can visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections
LOCAL ELECTIONS – THURSDAY 2 MAY
Fittleworth Parish has an allocation of 9 Councillors
On 2nd May, Fittleworth will be electing their new Parish Council and we are calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand. Please contact the Clerk for a Nomination Pack.
Wednesday 3rd April, 4pm
Nomination papers need to be delivered to the Returning Officer at East Pallant House, Chichester District Council
Thursday 4th April, 4pm
Publication of statement of persons nominated
Wednesday 24th April, 4pm
Publication of notice of Poll (on the noticeboard)
Thursday 2nd May – Election day and polling between 7am – 10pm. Voting will only take place if its a contested election (there are more than 9 candidates)
Tuesday 7th May, 5pm – the current Parish Council ceases
Monday 20th May, 7.30pm – the first meeting of the new Parish Council (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Tuesday 21st May, 7.30pm – Village Meeting (Annual Parish Meeting)
The Good Councillors Guide, 2018 edition (copy available for the Clerk on request) gives essential guidance for Parish Councillors and is a welcome resource for new councillors and for those thinking about becoming a Councillor.
As long as you meet the eligibility criteria (see below), anyone can become a Parish Councillor. The main thing is that you are willing to volunteer your time to work for free on behalf of your community. You do not have to belong to a political party, you just need to be concerned with local community matters.
Criteria for Eligibility
A person is eligible to be co-opted provided they are qualified to be a councillor pursuant to s.79 of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the Act”) and are not disqualified pursuant to s.80 of the Act.
Criteria for eligibility as set out in s.79 of the Act
• Is at least 18 years old
• Is a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European
Union, and meets at least one of the following four qualifications:
1. Is and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the Parish of Duncton.
2. Has occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish of Duncton for at least the last
3. The main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the Parish of Duncton.
4. Has lived in the Parish of Duncton or within three miles of it for at least 12 months.
Disqualifications as set out in s.80 of the Act
• Is employed or holds a paid office by Duncton Parish Council.
• Is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
• Has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence),
without the option of a fine, during the five years before nomination.
• Have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal
electoral practices and offences relating to donations). The disqualification for an illegal practice begins from the
date the person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for three years. The
disqualification for a corrupt practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election
court or convicted and lasts for five years.