Do you care about where you live and your local community? Can you make a positive difference? By becoming a member of Wealden District Council, or Crowborough Town Council, you have a say in many policies which affect local people.
If you do want to stand in this year’s Wealden District Council, parish or town Council elections which take place on Thursday 2nd May, you will need to submit a nomination form by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.
You do not have to be a member of any political party. You just need to be aged 18 or over, a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of another European state, and either listed on the Register of Electors for the Wealden District or be someone who has either lived or worked in the area for 12 months before nomination. To stand as a Wealden District Councillor, you will need to be nominated by 10 local people who are already registered on the Wealden Register of Electors in the ward where you wish to stand.
Following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission, the number of seats on Wealden District Council is being reduced from 55 to 45.
The number of District Councillors for Crowborough will reduce from eight to six. At present there are currently eight District Councillors for Crowborough covering five wards (three wards have two Councillors).
In future Crowborough will be divided into six wards, each with one District Councillor. The same wards will be used for the Town Council elections. The following table shows the number of Town Councillors that will represent each ward:
|Ward||Number of Town Councillors|
|Crowborough Jarvis Brook||2|
|Crowborough South East||3|
|Crowborough South West||3|
|Crowborough St Johns||2|
Wealden’s Chief Executive, Trevor Scott, said:
Being a District Councillor can be an absorbing and rewarding role. It means representing your local community and its needs, solving problems and helping decide the policy of the Council.
We will provide you with training, IT support and expenses. Your knowledge and life experience will be important in how you fulfil your role and serve your local community.
You can find out more about the role of a councillor and the local political parties by visiting the Do you want to be a Councillor pages of the Wealden website.
The Town Council also have information on their website for people interested in Becoming a Councillor.
Wealden District Council have produced a short video with one of their current Councillors. You can watch it here:
You should contact a member of their Democratic Services team if you have any questions about the District Council or local parish and town councils in Wealden: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01892 602720.
Electors will be notified about any changes in their areas when they are posted their polling cards next month. You can also find out more about the changes to the Wealden ward boundaries by visiting the Local Government Boundary Commission website.