2017 Town Council Elections

2017 Elections

There will be an election for the West Ward of the Town Council  to be held on the same day as the Unitary Council elections on Thursday May 4th

Notice of Poll West Ward

Notice of Uncontested Election East Ward

Statements of persons nominated West Ward

Statement of persons nominated East Ward

 

Nomination papers for both unitary and town/parish candidates are now available from the Elections Team at Shropshire Council.  Existing town and parish councillors should obtain their nomination pack from their council’s clerk from 6 March onwards, but all other candidates are invited to contact us by e-mail at elections@shropshire.gov.uk or by phone on 0345 678 9015, to request a nomination pack. When requesting a pack, please let Shropshire Council know whether you wish to stand as a unitary candidate or a town/parish candidate (or both!), so that they can send you the correct paperwork.

Nomination papers can be submitted in Wem on the following dates

 

Wem, Edinburgh House, New Street

Wednesday 15 March

9:15am – 4:30pm

Monday 20 March

9:15am – 4:30pm

Thursday 30 March

9:15am – 4:30pm

 

For details of other locations to submit nomination forms please refer to the Shropshire Council website.

 

Elections in Shropshire next take place on 4th May 2017. 

Wem Town Council will have 14 vacancies for councillors

Due to changes in the way Shropshire Council is seeking to run and fund local services it is really important that local people are involved in the decision making process. One of the best ways of ensuring that your views are represented is by standing as a Town Councillor in the 2017 Elections.

An information pack on the work of the Town Council can be found here

The Town Council will be having a static display at the the following venues where you will be able to find out more information about the council's work and pick up a candidate information pack.

  Wednesday 22nd Feb     1-3 pm

 

  Wem Town Hall

 

  

Thursday 23th Feb     9-1pm

 

  Wem Town Hall - Indoor  Market

   Thursday 2nd March    All day

 

 

Wem Co-op

 

 

 

 

 

Local elections - May 2017 Key Dates

 

Monday 13th March 2017 – Publication of notice of elections after this date nomination papers can be submitted to the returning officer, Claire Porter. The law states that nomination papers may only be delivered to the returning officer in person, and can't be received through the post. Details of where candidates can submit nomination papers in person, will be publicised shortly before the nomination period opens.

Tuesday 4th April 2017 - All nomination papers must be received by the returning officer by 4pm.

Thursday 4th May 2017 - Date of Local Elections scheduled to take place in Shropshire. 

 

For more information visit

http://shropshire.gov.uk. Email elections@shropshire.gov.uk

Telephone  0345 678 9015.

Outlined below is some information about being a local councillor and how to stand for election.

 

 

Being a Local Councillor

Good Councillors Guide

    • A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years
    • Is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer
    • Can receive expenses for their role
    • The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the council
    • He/she has no authority to make decisions about council business on his/her own
    • A local council may arrange insurance cover to indemnity its councillors against liability resulting from them being representatives of the council
    • A councillor’s financial and certain other interests in council business must be transparent
    • He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the council
    • Information about councillors is available in the council’s publication scheme
    • The first business of the council’s annual meeting is the election of its chairman
    • Most councils appoint a Vice Chairman but this is optional
    • The normal term of office for the Chairman is one year.

Who is eligible?

The law specifies that any person over the age of 18 who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, The European Community or the Commonwealth can be a councillor if they are an elector in, work in, live in or live within three miles of the area of the local council is eligible.  Certain circumstances will mean that an individual may be “disqualified” from standing; check with your council if unsure.

What will I do if I’m elected?

  • Attend council meetings
  • Raise matters that the council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
  • Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
  • Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
  • Represent the Council externally

Election Materials and Guides

SALC Webpage

http://www.alcshropshire.co.uk/elections

NALC Elections Webpage

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/elections

NALC ‘It Takes All Sorts” (information for prospective candidates)

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

NALC ‘Whatever – Yeah! Local Councils and Youth Provision’

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

NALC ‘Power to the People’

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

“Be a Councillor” website

http://beacouncillor.co.uk/

‘Become a Councillor’ website

https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/become-a-councillor

Be a Councillor – Local Government Association

http://www.local.gov.uk/be-a-councillor

Electoral Commission “Candidates and agents at parish and community council elections in England and Wales

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales