Notice of Election – Election of District Councillors

WEST OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION OF DISTRICT COUNCILLORS

1. NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

2. DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, but not later than 4 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

3. POLL
Where any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

4. APPLICATIONS TO VOTE BY POST OR PROXY
Applications to vote by post, or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Monday 15 April 2019.
Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019,
Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5 pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB . Application forms for postal and proxy voting are available from that address.

5. APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer no later than 12 midnight on Friday 12 April 2019 if they are to be effective for Thursday 2 May 2019.

6. ELECTION INFORMATION
For further information about elections please visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone the Elections Office on 01993 861410.

Dated: Tuesday 26 March 2019

Keith Butler

 

Click here for Notice of Election – District Council Elections

 

Notice of Election – Town and Parish Council Elections

ELECTION OF PARISH/TOWN COUNCILLORS

1. NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of the Parish or Town Council.

2. DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, but not later than 4 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

3. POLL
Where any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

4. APPLICATIONS TO VOTE BY POST OR PROXY
Applications to vote by post, or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Monday 15 April 2019.
Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5 pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB. Application forms for postal and proxy voting are available from that address.

5. APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Applications to register to vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer no later than 12 midnight on Friday 12 April 2019 if they are to be effective for Thursday 2 May 2019.

6. ELECTION INFORMATION
For further information about elections please visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone the Elections Office on (01993) 861410.

 

For the official election notice and a list of Town and Parish Councils up for election please click on the link below:

Notice of Election for Town and Parish Council Elections 2 May 2019

Stand for election as a Parish Councillor

NOMINATION PAPERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE EITHER FROM THE PARISH CLERK OR FROM KEITH BUTLER AT WODC OFFICES, WOODGREEN, WITNEY, OX28 1NB

They must be submitted (by hand) no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

Stand for what you believe in

The next elections for Parish and Town councils are 2nd MAY 2019

 Become a Parish or Town Councillor

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a Parish or Town councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. You can find the names and contact details of the current clerk and councillors, and the dates of their meetings on this website. Council meetings are open to the public and you can go along to a Parish or Town council meeting, speak to one of the councillors and find out what they think of the job they do.

By becoming a Parish or Town councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support as a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

 

Getting Elected

To stand for election to a Parish or Town council, you must:

  • be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union
  • be at least 18 years old

To be eligible to stand for election for a particular Parish or Town you don’t have to be connected to a political party but you must:

  • be an elector of the Parish or Town or in the past 12 months have occupied land or other premises in the Parish or Town (as owner or tenant) or work in the Parish or Town (as your principal or only place of work) or live within three miles of the Parish or Town boundary

Nomination packs must be received by West Oxfordshire District Council between 26th March and 3rd April.

Check out the Electoral Commission website here

 

What do Parish or Town councils do?

A Parish or Town or Town council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the Parish or Town. It is the level of local government closest to the community, with the district authority and the county authority or a principal authority further up the hierarchy.

Parish or Town councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that Parish or Town councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.

Parish or Town councils have a number of powers they can use and have the ability to negotiate with other decision-making organisations such as the district, county or unitary councils, health authorities, police etc. In this respect Parish or Town councils are extremely powerful. These organisations know that a Parish or Town council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views should be taken seriously.

 

How much time does it take up?

Councils usually meet once a month for the council meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two or so hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss.

 

How long do I serve for as a Parish or Town Councillor?

Once elected, Parish or Town councillors sit on the council for four years. If they then want to stay in the post, they can stand for re-election. This does not mean that you must stay for four years. If you find it’s not for you, or you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down.

 

For more information please contact Lisa, the clerk, or Graham, the chairman, at the addresses above.