How to become a councillor

To be a local councillor you must be at least 18 years old and a British, Commonwealth, or European citizen. You also need to be a local elector or have lived, worked or owned a property in the area for at least a year.

There are two main routes to becoming a councillor

  1. Standing for a political party/group or as an independent at an election.  You must make sure you are officially nominated as the election date draws near.  In order to stand you will need to sign a declaration that must also be signed by a witness.
  2. Co-option is where the council chooses to fill the vacant seats if there are not enough candidates at election time.

Councillors should all work together to serve the community.