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Become a councillor Published Monday, 11 February 2019

Wyre Council will be holding Local Government elections on Thursday 2 May 2019. Successful candidates will be elected as borough councillors and serve for a four year term.

Local councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. As a councillor you will represent the residents living within the ward you have been elected to serve. You will give a voice to your constituents and be involved in decisions about council services including street cleaning, waste and recycling, parks and open spaces, licensing, housing support, planning and building control, environmental heath, leisure and tourism and much more.

To stand, you must be 18 or over, a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen and either be registered to vote on the current register with the local council or have either worked or lived in the borough for one year.

If you wish to stand for a political party you should contact them and they will ultimately select candidates to represent them.

You can also stand independently, please contact the council’s electoral services team to find out more.

Whether you’ve been selected by a party or are standing as an independent candidate, you must make sure that you are officially nominated as the election date draws nearer. This means getting 10 people to sign your nomination paper (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand). You must also give your consent in writing. All the necessary documents are available in a nomination pack provided by the council and must be completed and submitted by 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

All validly nominated candidates and agents will be invited to a briefing session at Wyre Council’s Civic Centre on Thursday 11 April where they will be given full details of the election timetable, the code of conduct and expected behaviour, candidate expenses and much more.

Nomination packs will be available from the beginning of March from Wyre Council’s electoral services team by calling 01253 887503 or emailing electoral.services@wyre.gov.uk

For more information on becoming a councillor, you can visit www.wyre.gov.uk/becomeacouncillor and https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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