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 Local Elections - Thursday 2 May 2019

Borough and Parish / Town Council elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019 for all 30 Telford and Wrekin Borough Wards and 27 Parish / Town Councils.

Newport Town Council Election

Local Councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known as a ward.

Newport is divided into 4 parish wards, North, East, South and West.
Each ward is represented by three Councillors.

· View the Notice of Election.

 

 

 

What are local councils?

There are around 9,000 parish and town councils, representing 16 million people across England.

The difference between a parish and town council is that a chairman of a town council is called a Mayor.

Your local council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of your local neighbourhood.

Their work falls into three main categories; Representing your local community, delivering services to meet local needs and striving to improve quality of life in the parish.

Newport Town council provides, maintains or contributes to the following services;

Allotments

Public Toilets

Cemetery’s

SIDs (Speed indicator devices)

Christmas illuminations

Floral display

Footway Lighting

Community Policing

Library books

Festival and Celebrations e.g. Carnival, Chinese New Year

How do they make decisions?

Newport Town Council is made up of 12 Councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council.

Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do. You can find out when meetings are held by visiting NTC website or follow our Facebook page.

Where do they get their money from?

Each year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax. This money is invested back into your local neighbourhood by your local council to improve facilities and services for you and your neighbours.

How are local councillors elected?

Local councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known as a ward. Councillors do not receive a salary, but received modest expenses which can be declined.

Newport Town council like most local councils, hold their elections on the same 4 year cycle, 2015, 2019 and so on.

The next local elections is 2nd May 2019 - Please see The Local Government Election Time Table at the bottom of this page

What do local councillors do?

Councillors have three main areas of work:

1. Decision making; through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent.

2. Monitoring; councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well thing are working.

3. Getting involved locally: their day-to-day work may include; going to local meeting of organisations such as neighbourhood watch, going to meeting of bodies that affect the wider community such as police, the highways authorities and schools. Taking up issues on behalf of a member of the public with a borough council, running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.

Could I become a local councillor?

Most people can, however there are a few rules. You have to be;

·      A British Citizen, or citizen of the commonwealth or the European Union, and 

  18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.

   You cannot stand for election if you;

  •   Are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.

  • Have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period over three months without the option of a fine.

 

·     Work for the council you want to become a councillor for.

As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public they serve.

Town Councillors are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Why don’t you stand for Newport Town Council and see what difference you can make for Newport residents?

 

How can I apply to become a Councillor?

Firstly you need to decide whether you want to represent a political party/group or would like to stand as an independent candidate.

You will need to get 2 people to sign your nominations papers (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand). You must also give your consent in writing to your nomination.

Nomination Papers will be available on from 5pm on Tuesday 26th March from the Telford & Wrekin Elections Website, link below.



Receipt of Nominations forms

Start date: 9.00am on Tuesday 26th March 2019

Close of Nominations: 4:00pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Address to hand-deliver your forms

Forms must be delivered, in person only to the address below please:

Telford & Wrekin Council, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford TF3 4NT – please go to Room G1 on the ground floor of the offices

The Nominations Office will be open from 9:00am until 4:00pm each working day; being 26th, 27th, 28th 29th of March and 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2019. 

Forms cannot be accepted by post, or by email, and will not be accepted in person outside of the above period. Please also do not leave forms at other Council reception points, as they may not reach us during the specified timeframe.

There is visitor parking available at Addenbrooke House; the maximum time for parking is 3 hours. Alternative parking is available in the Telford Town Centre, which is a short walk away. Parking charges do apply if you choose to use the Town Centre car parks.

 

 Find Out More:

Telford & Wrekin Council elections page will be constantly updated with information relating to the May 2019 elections –http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20107/elections

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent  

www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/elections 

Local Government Election Time Table - Thursday 2nd May 2019 

 www.telford.gov.uk/elections 

http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20107/elections/897/how_do_people_stand_for_election 

 Independent Candidate Guidance 

 https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/141799/Part-2a-Standing-as-an-independent-candidate-P-and-C.pdf 

 Party Candidate Guidance  

 https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/141802/Part-2b-Standing-as-a-party-candidate-P-and-C.pdf

 

 

Are you registered to vote in the forthcoming elections?

We have Borough and Parish elections taking place on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

Residents who are not already registered can do so online, at www.gov.uk/registertovote - the registration deadline is 12th April 2019 for the May elections. The deadline for Postal vote applications is 15th April 2019