Bourne ward vacancy

We are looking to co-opt a new Councillor to represent the Bourne ward.

If you want to serve your community, are concerned about your local area, want to make a difference, have time or expertise which could benefit your community and want to represent the views of local people then this role could be for you.

What’s involved in being a councillor

The Good Councillors’ Guide and the Be a Councillor website are useful sources of information and will give you an insight into what it is like to be a councillor.

Find out if you are eligible to be a councillor

To qualify as a Parish or Town Councillor, and to hold this position, you must be:

A British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and on the relevant day (the day of nomination or election) have reached 18 years of age or over. You must also meet at least one of these four qualifications:

  • on the relevant day and thereafter continue to be on the electoral register for Farnham
  • during the whole of the 12 months before that day, have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish of Farnham
  • during the whole of the 12 months before that day your principal or only place of work has been in the parish of Farnham
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day, you have lived in the Farnham Town Council area or within 4.8km (3 miles) of the Town boundary.

Duration of role

The selected person will represent the Bourne ward up until the next local elections in May 2019.

How to apply

Complete and submit the application form by 9am on Monday 10 December.

What happens after you submit your application

If your application is valid, you will be invited to attend the Council meeting on Thursday 20 December at 7pm.

You will be invited to speak for three minutes and explain why you wish to be co-opted. There will be a further three minutes for councillors to ask you questions.

Councillors will be asked to vote for their preferred candidate.

The successfully co-opted candidate will become a councillor in their own right with immediate effect once the Declaration of Acceptance of Office has been signed.

As soon as is practicable, the new co-opted councillor will be invited to attend an induction and training session with the Town Clerk.

Further information

If you would like more information or to speak to somebody about what is involved in being a Town Councillor, please email:

Iain Lynch, Town Clerk or call 01252 712667, or

Councillor David Attfield, Mayor of Farnham

Alternatively, contact the elections team at Waverley Borough Council.

2019 town and borough elections

Town and Borough elections will be held on 2 May 2019.

Key information for candidates from the Waverley returning officer

  • On 2 May 2019 all seats on borough, town and parish councils are up for election.
  • Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm at polling stations across the borough of Waverley.
  • Counts for borough council elections will take place on Friday 3 May.
  • Counts for town and parish council elections will take place on Saturday 4 May.
  • The Notice of Election will be published on or before 26 March 2019. The notice will set out the timetable for the election and provide key information including the place and times at which nomination papers are to be delivered.
  • General guidance for candidates and agents is published by the Electoral Commission.
  • Standing in the 2019 local elections

Find out if you are eligible to stand for election

You can stand for election to a parish or town council if you are:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.

And if …

  •  You are registered as a local government elector for the parish for which you want to stand; or
  •  You have, for the whole 12 month period up to the date of the election, occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
  •  Your principal or only place of work during that same 12 months period has been in the parish;or
  •  You have during the whole of that same 12 month period resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of it.

You may, of course, qualify under more than one of the above categories.

Standing as a parish councillor

Find out more about standing for election as a parish councillor on the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) website which provides these publications:

  • All about local councils – A NALC booklet for anyone wanting to know more about parish, town, neighbourhood and community councils and the role of councillors
  •  It takes all sorts: Local councils: represent your community, make a difference- NALC and Electoral Commission

Candidate resources

You can find guidance and resources for parish and community election candidates on the Electoral Commission parish and community election pages.

The Local Government Association have useful information at www.beacouncillor.org.uk and take a look at the The Good Councillor’s guide

If you wish to stand for a particular party contact the local office of the political party for the process of becoming a candidate.

The electoral Commission has guidance for candidates which may be helpful.

Returning officer’s briefing

Waverley’s returning officer is conducting briefings for election agents and independent candidates on:

  • Wednesday 23 January at 6.30pm, and
  • Thursday 7 February at 6.30pm

The briefings will be held in the council chamber at Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming GU7 1HR.

Attendees will receive an information pack and guidance on the nominations process.

If you would like to attend, please email the electoral services team at Waverley.

For further details about the electoral process

Contact Electoral Services at Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR

Tel: 01483 523412

Email: electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk 

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