Every four years, here in this district, we have a chance to go to the polls to elect all seven of our Draycott-in-the-Moors district ‘civil’ councillors (there are seven seats in total). The last elections took place in May 2019; the next ones will be in May 2024.
If you wish to stand as one of our village councillors, you must get your 2024 nomination paper in by the beginning of April.
Click here to access the 2019 nomination papers which will give you a good idea of how easy the form is to complete.
Once properly filled in, your paper must be taken in person, either by you OR a friend, to the Staffordshire Moorlands offices in Leek, and must be handed over to a member of the elections team there. (Simply leaving it at the reception desk won’t work and may invalidate the paper). The election team at Leek are available 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
You can contact the election office on 01538 395500.
You can also get advice about what to do from Draycott Council’s clerk.
The government is urging more people to come forward, to take part in our civic life, and become such village-community/civil-parish councillors. The current members on Draycott say they would welcome new interest.
See also: https://beacouncillor.co.uk/
Draycott in the Moors Council is formally known as a ‘parish council’ although it is an official & statutory local government body, and has nothing to do with the church.
The council’s area covers all Draycott, Cresswell almost as far as Hilderstone, Totmonslow, Newton and Draycott Cross.
To see the area, have a look at the official map to see Draycott Council’s boundaries (in the left-hand column, tick ‘Boundaries’, then tick Parish Boundaries)
Qualifying to stand for election for Draycott Council
There is no financial charge for standing at an election to a parish council…
You must be 18 years or older.
You should be someone who: is on the electoral register in…; OR lives in (or near)…; OR has main place of employment (even if it is voluntary-work) in…; OR owns land or property in… Draycott, Draycott Cross, Cresswell, Totmonslow or Newton.
If you fulfil even just one of these qualifications, then you are entitled to stand for election to Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council.
(For a detailed break-down, and the few exceptions to this rule, see Electoral Guide).
This means that, for example….: someone who lives in Stoke but works in Cresswell is eligible; someone who lives in Stafford but who owns land in Totmonslow is eligible; someone who lives in Uttoxeter but who carries out a lot of regular voluntary work in Draycott is eligible; and even someone who lives just over the parish border (in, say, Blythe Bridge or Tean) is eligible.
Surprising – but true!
For more details, see the Electoral Commission page
No experience needed…
* You need no academic qualifications or experience to stand for or sit on a parish council.
*You do not have to be a member of a political party, or any grouping at all…
*You do not even have to be British
*The duties of a councillor are not that difficult: you make of it what you want to. The simple minimum is that you should try to attend the monthly meetings (except August) of the council.
*You can withdraw off the council whenever you wish.
*You do not have to pay any money to be on a parish council (but you receive no income either).
The Electoral Commission has an easy to read guide on the whole business.
Fresh blood needed
Most of the current parish councillors on our parish council have only ever had to fight two elections, the 2015 election and the 2019 election. This was because there have not been enough other candidates on the list at previous elections, so they were either made councillors automatically (being ‘unopposed’) – or were invited to join the council (being ‘co-opted’) to fill the gaps.
In fact, there has only been two all-out elections in Draycott in the last twenty-five years… the 2015 and 2019 ones.
Some sections of our community could do with better representation on Draycott in the Moors Parish Council. Farmers, business-people, and people in full-time employment are under-represented on the council, as are parents whose children are still in education, and people under 40.
As in so many other walks of life, women too are under-represented on this council.
Nomination papers must be hand-delivered (by you or a friend) to the main SMDC Offices in Leek. They cannot be submitted by post, fax, or e-mail (or other electronic means).
If you have questions, please use the comments box at the bottom of this page to ask them.+ + + + + +
Previous Draycott elections
Click for: 2019 Election Results / 2015 Election Results / 2013 (by-election only) / 2011 Election Results (uncontested) / 2007 Election (uncontested) / 2003 Election (uncontested).
(When the election is called ‘uncontested’, it means no voting took place, as there were not enough candidates for an election)
All seven sitting councillors must stand down at every election cycle; though, of course, they may then decide to seek re-election.
If only seven (or fewer) people stand, then those are automatically selected, and no voting has to be carried out.
If fewer than seven people stand, then the elected members can look around for a suitable person and ask (‘co-opt’) them to volunteer to be a fellow councillor with them to make up the numbers.
(By-elections in parish councils work differently to the rest of government. They are not automatic. If a vacancy comes up, a by-election only will occur if it is ‘called‘ by at least ten electors of the district)