Calling All Community Heroes

Your Local Council Needs You!  Make a Change – become a councillor

On Thursday 5 May, as happens every four years, all the Oliver’s Battery Parish Council seats will be up for election.  Parish councillors can be a voice for your community and make real change.  Councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve, so if you are passionate about local issues, want to help make a long-lasting change, have innovative ideas for the Council or have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it, you may like to consider standing as a candidate.

If you would like more information about being a parish councillor in Oliver’s Battery you can speak to the current councillors or contact the Clerk on clerkoliversbattery@gmail.com.  To find out more about what it means to be a parish councillor in general take a look at https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/local-elections.

A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the Council is doing.

For more details about the process of becoming a parish councillor read on…

Councillors are elected to represent the local community, so you must either live or work in the council area.  The Notice of Election will be issued towards the end of March (see further detail on this below) and nomination papers will be available after then.

The elections are operated by Winchester City Council, who have supplied the following information.  This has been extracted from a document called Standing as a Candidate that will be published on the WCC website:

As with national elections, campaigners should have regard to the Electoral Commission’s Code of Conduct for Campaigners, which outlines what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour at polling stations and in the community during the lead up to polling day.

If you are planning to be a Candidate in these elections, please contact Winchester City Council as soon as possible on ereg@winchester.gov.uk, providing your full name, contact telephone number and contact email address.  Alternatively, the electoral team can be contacted on 01962 848125.  This information will be added to their distribution list so, as relevant information becomes available, it can be sent to you.

The Notice of Election will be published on 21 March 2022. The nomination papers must be delivered in person to WCC’s City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ either by the Parish Clerk or the candidates, and an appointment must be made in advance. This appointment to bring in the nomination papers can be booked any day (except Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays) from 10am to 4pm from 22 March until 4pm on 5 April 2022. Booking this early is encouraged by emailing ereg@winchester.gov.uk.  Nomination papers can be scanned for checking in advance of bringing them in, by emailing ereg@winchester.gov.uk.

The Electoral Commission sets standards for how elections should be run. There is a link to the guidance and nomination papers to download on their website as follows: Parish council elections in England | Electoral Commission