Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils).
The public consultation on the plans to create a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: www.southwarwickshire.org.uk
This page gives information on the role of a Councillor and how to become one.
A Councillor is someone who is elected by local people to represent the residents of an area. This can be at parish or district level. When elected, the term of office is four years unless there is a by-election mid-term, when a Councillor will serve for the remaining period of the term of office.
All District Councillors currently receive a basic allowance of £5,254 per annum (which is taxable income) with additional payments if they have additional responsibilities such as the Chair of a committee. Parish/Town Councillors do not receive a basic allowance.
People become Councillors for a variety of reasons. Some want to "give something back" and, in their view, undertake public service. Others want to further their interest in politics. Many just want to represent local people and try to influence decisions affecting their area.
We have produced a document entitled Be a District Councillor, which gives more detail about becoming one.
The Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC) has also produced a leaflet, which gives details about being a Parish or Town Councillor.
WALC also has further information on its website.
The elections on Thursday 2 May 2019 involve Stratford-on-Avon District Council, which has 36 Councillors, and all Parish and Town Councils in the area. There are currently 83 Town and Parish Councils. The number of Parish Councillors for each parish varies from five to 18 depending on their population size.
The elections office of Stratford-on-Avon District Council manages all local and national elections in the Stratford area. A Notice of Election will be published at the Council Offices (and in each parish) and on the Council's website telling you where and when to apply to be a candidate. For May elections the notice will usually be put up in the middle of March.
To become a candidate you must:
You don't need to be a member of a political party to be a Councillor. Anyone can stand as an independent candidate. In Parish and Town councils it is rare for candidates to stand as party candidates. For District Councils, most Councillors stand as party candidates (but you do not have to). To stand as a party candidate you must have a certificate from the political party nominating officer confirming that you are their candidate.
Contact details for local political parties are:
Conservative - Alex Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Party - Pat Hotson email@example.com
Labour Party - Bob Malloy firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberal Democrat Party - Richard Vos email@example.com
UKIP - Frank Rietz firstname.lastname@example.org
By standing for election and letting electors know who you are and what you stand for, you are helping local democracy by giving voters a choice. If you get elected, you will know that you have the support of people who voted for you. However, it should be noted that, if elected, you represent all people in your area, even though some may not have voted for you.
If you are thinking of standing as a political party representative, you must contact the local branch of that party as soon as possible as they may be in the process of selecting candidates. If you are standing as an independent, you do not have to do anything until nearer the time when the Notice of Election is published.
A Prospective Councillor Event for District Councillors took place on Thursday 15 November 2018 in the Council Chamber at the Stratford-on-Avon District Council Offices. If you were not able to attend and want a copy of the information pack distributed at the event. please email David Dalby, Democratic Services Manager, at email@example.com or call him on 01789 260210.
Prospective Councillor Events are being organised for those who are considering being Parish Councillors. These events are free and open to any member of the public considering standing for election as a Parish Councillor. t will be explained how to become a Councillor; what is expected of you and why it can be very rewarding.
The briefings have been timed to allow consideration before the election process commences in March 2019.
North Stratford District Event
Thursday 7 February 2019 6.30pm-8.30pm The Grange Hall, Coventry Road, Southam CV47 1QA
Monday 11 February 2019 6.30pm-8.30pm The Council Chamber, Stratford District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX
The format for the events will be:-
Speakers at the events will include the County Officer of the Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC); experienced local clerks; local Parish Councillors; the Chair of WALC etc
Further information is available at www.walc.org.uk/be-a-councillor
Anyone who is interested in attending should register for the event through the WALC website.
For Southam www.walc.org.uk/events/walc/420-190207
For Stratford www.walc.org.uk/events/walc/422-190211