As you might have seen in the local paper, an election has been called for the vacancy on our Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council.
If ever you have thought that you might be a good person to represent the local community’s views, now’s your chance.
If you do want to stand, then nomination papers are available now at the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s offices or from the Draycott Parish Clerk (01782 394807).
You must submit your completed nomination paper by midday on Thursday 23rd May – so you’ll need to be quick!
And here’s a bonus: it does not cost anything to stand for election to a parish council (and you do not have to be a member of a political party either).
If you want to know more about our parish council, click here for a profile of Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council. (On this link you will also find a map of Draycott Parish’s boundaries, so you’ll be able to check if you live inside the parish).
But, first – you must check if you are eligible.
You have to be a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union; and be over 18.
Also, you must qualify under at least ONE of the following conditions – 1/ are a current elector in the council area; 2/ are an owner or tenant of any land or other premises in the council area for the past year; 3/ have worked in the council area for the past year; 4/ have lived in the council area for the past year.
However, you cannot stand for election if you: are subject to a bankruptcy restriction order; have been given a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for more than months in the last five years; are working for the council you want to become a councillor for.
As you’d guess, it’s a little more complicated than that (but not much more), so if you want to read the full details, then the best website we found about becoming a councillor is the CPLAC one. It’s worth checking.
If you have a question about this election in particular, contact Caroline Cooke, the elections officer at Staffordshire Moorlands.
What is it all about?
Frankly, once you are a councillor you can do as little or as much as you like, as there is no compulsion to do anything, though you should at least attend the monthly parish council meeting.
Hopefully too, you would serve your full term of almost two years. The next elections are in May 2015.
In fact, the real question is: do you want the best for Draycott & Totmonslow & Cresswell and surrounding hamlets, and are you prepared to stand up for them?
The election itself will be on June 20th.