Make a change, become a local councillor

Date published: 14 March 2019

Whitworth Town Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019 which take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Six Councillors in each of the following wards are being elected:

  • Facit & Shawforth
  • Healey & Whitworth

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How to stand as a candidate

The nomination period will be open from 9.00am on Wednesday 27 March 2019 and closes at 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

For more information about standing as a candidate or to obtain a nomination pack, please contact Electoral Services at Rossendale Borough Council:

T: 01706 252446

Further information and nomination forms are also available from the Electoral Commission:

Can I stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in an area that is served by a local council

The basic requirement is that you are able to attend meetings (usually every two weeks on a Thursday evening although there are no meetings in August).  This is an exciting role with the chance to make a real difference in Whitworth.

How can I get involved?

If you would like more information about these elections, please contact Melanie, Town Clerk at Whitworth Town Council:

T: 01706 852018

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