Parish Council Elections

2 May 2019

Your Parish

At the Parish Council elections on Thursday 2nd May there will be vacancies for new councillors. Get your nomination form now from clerk@brickendon-liberty.org.uk or telephone the Parish Clerk on 07803 906291

No councillors means no Parish Council and therefore no say in what goes on in this Parish.

A parish council is a civil local authority in England and is the first tier of local government.

Being a parish councillor

Parish councillors are elected by the public at an ordinary election, normally held on the first Thursday in May every four years. The date for the next parish council election in this parish is Thursday 2nd May, the polling station will be Fanshaws Room, the Parish Hall on Brickendon Green.

Whether it is the state of the village green, activities for young people, making local roads safer, inspecting planning applications, ensuring local businesses can thrive etc, the role of a parish councillor gives you the ability to make a difference. Being a parish councillor is an unpaid position, although allowances to cover costs are sometimes available. There are just 6 scheduled meetings per year, most other duties can be carried out to fit in with ‘normal’ life.

Anyone who is British or a member of the Commonwealth or European Union (sic), is over the age of 18 yrs and is registered to vote in this area, or has worked, lived or owned a property here for the 12 months prior to the election can stand for election as a parish councillor. There are some exclusions, including working for the council for which you are standing or having a criminal record; more information on this can be found online.

Our current council has been responsible for a number of projects including: securing the village green, erecting a parish storage facility, organising and supporting the Mangrove Lane residents’ group in protecting local woodland, purchase of a second defibrillator to be installed in the ‘old’ telephone box, installation of a speeding sign funded by HCC councillor’s locality budget, tree maintenance and pond clearance, responding to all planning applications, organising litter picks, liaising with the police on local crime, attending to highways issues, working on the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan, plus any other local issues that have been brought to their attention by residents.

At the parish council elections in Brickendon on 2nd May, it is expected that some members of the current council will stand down, which means Brickendon Liberty will have vacancies. Without a fully functioning parish council we could be subject to determination by the next level of local government and this would not necessarily be to the advantage of residents.

PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING ON THIS IMPORTANT CIVIL ROLE. Nomination forms will be available nearer the time and can be obtained from our Clerk, Laura Brooks-Payne on 07803 906291 or email clerk@brickendon-liberty.org.uk

For more information you can contact any of the current councillors:

More Information...

All about Elections: Info pack for interested candidates