Your Community Needs You
Are you over 18 years old, want to do something positive for Oundle to make it a great place to live?
Then why not consider becoming a Councillor.
As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. By standing for Oundle Town Council you could make a real difference to your local neighbourhood.
What I can expect?
There is lots of support available to newly elected councillors, from training and development courses run by the local County Association of Local Councils, to representation by the National Association of Local Councils, based in London and support from fellow councillors and the Town Clerk.
What's in it for me?
- Make a difference to your local community
- Use your skills in a productive way
- Connect with your community
- Gain valid experience
- Explore new interests
How much time would I need to spend?
Generally, councillors say their duties occupy them for about three hours a week. This will include time preparing for and attending the meetings. You will be summoned to attend the full council meeting and expected to join at least one of the other meetings.
When are meetings held?
- Planning Committee: 1st Tuesday of the month
- Full Council: 3rd Tuesday of the month
- Estate Management: 4th Tuesday of the Month
- Finance & General Purposes: Bi-monthly
How do I become a councillor?
To stand for election you will need to fill in the nomination papers (available to download on 18 March 2020) and deliver it, by hand, to East Northamptonshire Council (ENC), Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ. Nominations can be submitted from 31st March 2020.
Your nomination must be delivered to ENC by 4pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 to be considered.
Elections to the Council will be held on Thursday 7 May 2020.
Interested prospective candidates are invited to attend one of two town and parish council pre-election briefings at either:-
- 6.00pm, Thursday 12 March, at Fletton House, Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, Oundle; or
- 6.00pm, Thursday 19 March in the Council Chamber at East Northamptonshire Council Offices, Cedar Drive, Thrapston.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
The briefing will provide advice and guidance on the nominations process and other aspects of the election including postal vote opening, election day, verification and the count.
Find out more
Interested but want to know more? Contact Emma Baker, Oundle Town Council Clerk on 01832 272055, Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm.
Visit East Northamptonshire Council website - How to stand as a parish/town Councillor in East Northants
For more information and guidance about UK elections including rules around candidacy visit the Electoral Commission website at electoralcommission.org.uk