Parish elections take place every four years. The next scheduled election is 2nd May 2019. District elections will also take place at the same time. Residents will be receiving voter registration details in the post. Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to their local authority (South Holland District Council) as soon as possible.

Could I become a Parish Councillor?

As a Councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. It helps if you're a "people person" who enjoys talking to other residents but, more importantly, you need to have the concerns and best interests of the Parish as a whole at heart. Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Why don't you stand for your local parish council and see what difference you can make to your local community?

How much time does it take up and when?

On average, less than a couple of hours a week. Obviously there are some Councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work. Council meetings are always held in the evening.. Talking and listening to your fellow parishioners can be done at any time but you must be able to spend a couple of hours eleven times a year attending the Council meeting.

Am I qualified?

Most people are. However there are a few basic rules. You have to be:
a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and be.
18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election, and
live or work in or near the Parish, and
are not the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order, and
have not, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

If you are interested in standing for election South Holland District Council will post the notice on Friday 22nd March 2019 and the delivery of nomination papers have to be hand delivered from Monday 25th March until 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.