Guide to becoming a Parish or Town Councillor

To become a councillor you need to stand for, and win, an election. You do not need any specific qualifications to become a councillor but you do need to fulfil certain criteria to be eligible.

To stand for election, on the day of nomination, you must be 18 or over and a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen (this may change for the 2019 elections as a result of the UK leaving the EU).

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

Be registered, and continue to be, as a local government elector for the Parish from the day of your nomination onwards; or
Have occupied (as a owner or tenant) any land or other premises in the Parish during the whole 12 months before the day of the election; or
Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months, prior to the day of nomination and the day of election, has been in the Parish; or
You have lived in or within 3 miles of the parish during the whole 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

You can’t stand if you:

Work for Cotgrave Town Council or hold a political post for another authority;
Have been sentenced to a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence of 3 months or more within 5 year prior to polling day;
Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions or interim order:
Have been disqualified under any legislation to corrupt or illegal practices or offences relating to donations.

You don’t have to belong to a political party or group to stand for election. Cotgrave Town Council has councillors connected to a political party and those that stand as independents (candidates who do not belong to any political party).