Become a Councillor - Local Elections 2017

Local elections will take place on Thursday 4 May 2017 and all 23 Salisbury City Council seats will become vacant.

If you would like to become a Councillor for Salisbury, please see below for all the information you require.

How to become a Salisbury City Councillor

Salisbury City Council is the Parish Council for the City of Salisbury and is the most local level of government. Above the council are Wiltshire Council and Parliament. The City Council was formed in April 2009 as part of the reorganisation of local government.

23 elected members represent the eight wards of Salisbury.

Salisbury City Council provides, amongst other things, the following services and facilities in Salisbury:
• Allotments
• Parks and Playgrounds
• Markets and Fairs
• The Guildhall
• The Crematorium & Cemeteries
• Bemerton Heath Centre
• Community Development
• Sports Pitches
• Information Centre
• Public Conveniences
• Camping & Caravan site
• Garages for Rent

Each year Salisbury City Council receives a sum of money called the precept, which is collected by Wiltshire Council as part of a household's council tax. Salisbury City Council does not receive any money from central government or Wiltshire Council, nor does it receive any financial support from local business rates which are collected by Wiltshire Council.

When do elections take place?
• Elections of local councillors take place on the first Thursday in May every four years and the next election will be on 4 May 2017.

What happens?
• A returning officer is appointed by the principal authority Wiltshire Council
• The returning officer is the person responsible for council elections.
• If you are considering becoming a candidate for election you should contact the Returning Officer for more detailed information on www.wiltshire.gov.uk

How does the nomination process work?
• A prospective candidate must fill out a nomination paper.
• A prospective candidate must appear on the current register of electors. (The Returning Officer has a copy of this register)
• A prospective candidate must have a proposer and a seconder who must be electors for the area for which the candidate seeks election.
• The nomination paper must be signed.
• The nomination paper must be delivered to the Returning Officer

What is the election timetable?
• Publication of notice of election: Not later than the twenty-fifth day before the day of election.
• Delivery of Nomination papers: Not later than noon on the nineteenth day before the day of election.
• Publication of list of candidates: Not later than noon on the seventeenth day before the day of election.
• Delivery of notices of withdrawals of candidature: Not later than noon on the sixteenth day before the day of election.
• Notice of Poll: Not later than the sixth day before the day of election.
• Polling: Between 07:00 and 22:00 on the day of election.


Frequently asked questions

What is a councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent a geographical area of the council, known as a ward. They will generally be elected by the public every four years.

What do councillors do?
Through meetings and committees councillors make decisions on local matters or activities and how money should be spent.

Councillors instruct council officers to implement their decisions and monitor the delivery of services for efficiency and value.

Councillors represent their ward and have a responsibility towards their constituents and local organisations. As a councillor you will get involved with groups such as tenants' associations and pressure groups.

Councillors will canvas for local opinion and take up issues on behalf of their constituents.

How to become a councillor?
Councillors are elected by the public and serve a four-year term.

Is it paid?
Parish councillors were unpaid positions however an allowance can be claimed.

I am not a member of a political party?
Most parish councillors are not party political and a parish council is not a political platform

Do I Qualify?
You have to be:
• a British subject,
• 18 years of age or over,
• Live within 3 miles of the area, or
• Work in the area

You cannot stand for election if you
• are subject to bankruptcy
• been convicted of any offence (within 5 years of election)
• work for the council you want to become a councillor

How much time does it take up?
About three hours a week however some councillors spend more and some spend less.

If you would like to stand in the forthcoming elections please click here: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-2017