Want to be a councillor?

If you’re considering standing for election as a District or Parish Councillor on the next polling day on 2nd May, or need more information to help you make a decision, then Torridge’s open evening for prospective candidates is an opportunity to find out more.

The informal event has been organised for Wednesday 6th March at 6 pm and will be held at Bideford Town Hall. There is no need to pre-register, so the invite is just to turn up on the night.

Briefings during the evening will go into more detail about the role of being a Councillor as well as how to complete the nomination process and put your name forward. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and nomination papers will be available to take away from the event.

If you can’t make the meeting or would like further information in the meantime the Councils ‘Thinking about being a Councillor?’ guide is available online under the elections section of the Torridge Website.

Councillor Jane Whittaker – Leader Torridge District Council said:

‘There are many reasons why people become Councillors,  for me, it was a natural progression as a consequence of spending many years working in the Voluntary and Community sectors throughout Torridge and North Devon. While cuts in central government grants have made recent times somewhat challenging, we still have a real ‘can-do’ team spirit amongst the Councillors here at Torridge and long may that continue!

We need people from all walks of life to represent their communities, so I would encourage people not to pre-judge whether they might or might not be suitable for the role. Just come along and find out about what is ultimately a great way of giving back. And then seriously consider taking part in helping to shape the future of your area.’  

So if you are just contemplating the idea, are already committed to applying or are just intrigued about the role please make a date in your diary for 6th March. Both Officers and Councillors look forward to welcoming everyone on the evening.

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