Abinger Parish Council
It’s election year in local government and Abinger Parish Council is keen to encourage potential new candidates to come forward.
There will be nine vacant seats (five in the north ward and four in the south ward) and not all the nine current Councillors will be standing again. If those who are standing, and those new candidates, don’t number more than nine then no election will be held and instead every candidate will be co-opted onto the Parish Council.
To stand as a Parish Councillor you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
- Meet at least one of the following four qualifications: (a) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards; (b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election; (c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area; (d) You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
Those thinking of standing can learn more about what is entailed by reading an article written by Carla Jones, one of the newest Abinger Councillors, who explains what life is like at this level of local government. It can be found under this same 'Elections 2019' tab or by clicking here.
Election day is Thursday 2nd May and nominations open on Monday 25th March – closing on Wednesday 3rd April.
Mole Valley District Council, which administers the election process, is holding a prospective candidates evening on Monday 25th February and will provide nomination packs to Parish Councils. Further information for those intending to stand can be found at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales. Or by contacting the Abinger Parish Council Clerk.