Could you be a Councillor?
Information is available for anyone considering standing to become a South Cambridgeshire District Councillor in the upcoming elections.
On Thursday 3 May, all South Cambridgeshire District Councillors are being elected in one go for the first time. A total of 45 seats will be up for election. Elections are also taking place in all the parishes within the district on the same day.
With these elections on the horizon, communities are being offered the chance to find out more about becoming a Councillor.
You can stand to be a Councillor in the district provided you’re at least 18 years old, registered to vote in South Cambridgeshire or have lived, worked or owned a property in the district for at least a year before the election.
Being a Councillor involves representing your ward, decision-making, developing and reviewing Council policy, scrutinising decisions and community leadership and engagement.
Candidates must be nominated to stand in the election to become either a District or Parish Councillor. This involves gathering signatures from local people to validate a nomination.
These completed nomination forms must be hand-delivered to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s HQ in Cambourne between Monday 26 March and Friday 6 April. The authority’s elections team checks every form when it’s dropped off to ensure it is valid.
Nomination forms and advice on how to fill them in correctly are available from South Cambridgeshire District Council's elections team. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03450 455 214 for details. Guidance is also available from The Electoral Commission's website.
More details about standing in Parish Council elections can be obtained from the relevant Parish Clerks.
More information about being a Councillor can be found on the Be A Councillor website.