Think you could run Cornwall better than this lot? Then get off your FB and stand as a Councillor! – election information packs and nomination papers out now

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Anyone interested in standing as a councillor in the forthcoming elections for Cornwall Council and town and parish councils will be able to pick up their candidate information packs and nomination papers from today (Monday, 6 March).

This year’s elections for the 123 new members of Cornwall Council are being held on Thursday, 4 May. The elections for Cornwall’s town and parish councils are also being held on the same day.  The count for both sets of elections will take place the following day on Friday, 5 May.

Information packs and nomination papers for both sets of elections will be available for collection in person from the Council’s offices in Penwinnick Road, St Austell from today.

People can also arrange for packs to be delivered to their local one stop shop where either they -or someone else acting on their behalf – can collect them by telephoning 01209 614373 or emailing voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk .

Anyone who is unable to collect a pack themselves or to arrange for someone else to collect them can request for it to be posted to them by phoning the elections team on 01209 614373.  Please note, however, that these packs will be sent out special delivery and so will need to be signed for.

The notice of election for both Cornwall Council and the Town and Parish Council elections is due to be formally published on Monday, 20 March.

Would be candidates have until 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April to return their completed nomination papers to the Council’s elections team.  All nomination papers must be delivered by hand, either by the candidate themselves, or by someone acting on their behalf, so the papers can be formally accepted.

To help make it as easy as possible for people to return their nomination papers without travelling long distances, the Council will be arranging for staff from the elections team to be available to accept forms on three separate days in a Cornwall Council building in a key town in each of the six parliamentary constituency areas.

On most days during the nomination period, the Council can only accept nominations at the council offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell,except on the following days:

  • Friday 24 March (9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm)
  • Saturday 25 March (9am-1pm)
  • Wednesday 29 March (9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm)

 

On those three days, the Council will accept nomination papers for the electoral divisions in the specific parliamentary constituency area at the following Cornwall Council offices:

  • St Ives Constituency : Ground Floor Interview Rooms, St John’s Hall, Penzance
  • Camborne and Redruth constituency – Room GWO2, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne
  • Truro and Falmouth constituency – Room 2NO2 , New County Hall, Truro
  • St Austell and Newquay constituency – Council Suite, Penwinnick Road, St Austell
  • North Cornwall constituency – Meeting Room, Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin
  • South East Cornwall constituency – Meeting Room, Council Foyer. Luxstowe House, Greenbank Road, Liskeard

 

Please note that only candidates for the electoral divisions in the specific parliamentary constituency area will be able to return their forms to that location on those three days.

Candidates from electoral divisions in any of the six parliamentary constituency areas will be able to return their forms by hand to the election team’s main office at Penwinnick Road, St Austell on:

  • March 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30 and 31 between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 6pm
  • Monday, 3 April between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 6pm
  • Tuesday, 4 April between 9 am and 1pm and between 1pm and 4pm on 4 April.

 

“Putting yourself forward as a candidate for either Cornwall Council or your local Town or Parish Council is a very important decision“ said the Chairman of Cornwall Council Ann Kerridge. “Elected Members have a number of different roles to juggle which involve balancing the needs of their local community and the council they represent.  They will be involved in making decisions and monitoring a range of services as well as playing a key role in determining how these services are provided, funded and prioritised.

“This is a very exciting time to be involved in local government– with more and more decisions being made in Cornwall rather than in Westminster, and Town and Parish Councils having the opportunity to shape and deliver services to their residents.  It is important, however, that our councils represent all sections of their communities and so we are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider standing as candidates.”