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

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:

Bemerton Folly

Bemerton Folly Local Nature Reserve

The wood is managed by Salisbury City Council and consists of 11 hectares of mixed woodland, including a network of footpaths for you to explore and enjoy the area.


Historical maps show that the area was first established as a woodland sometime in the early 1900s, nearly 50 years before the building of the first houses in what would later be known as Bemerton Heath. The housing estate continued to grow, fortunately, the woodland, known locally as ‘The Folly’ remained and was established as a Local Nature Reserve in 2003. The designation of Bemerton Heath Woodland and Barnard's Folly Woodland as Local Nature Reserves is supported by English Nature and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Birds and Animals

The mixed woodland provides an excellent habitat for numerous bird species. Among common British birds, a recent survey also recorded some rarer species including Treecreepers, Spotted Flycatchers, Sparrowhawks and the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Buzzards, and less commonly Red Kites, have also been spotted circling above the wood. Pipistrelle bats, which are a protected species, have been noted to feed here, hedgehogs may be seen and grey squirrels are a common sighting.


‘The Folly’ comprises a number of species of broad-leaved trees, typical of an English woodland environment, including oak, beech, ash and sycamore with a lesser number of conifers, predominantly larch, and a diverse woodland ground flora. Bluebells and daffodils are abundant in spring and fruit plants, such as red currant, gooseberry and raspberry were found in a recent wildlife survey.

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Bemerton Heath Fun On The Green

Bemerton Heath Fun on the Green due to be held on 20th August 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled.

Enjoy a free family day out on your doorstep brought to you by the Communities Team at Salisbury City Council. 

There is no dedicated parking for the event so we recommend that you avoid driving to the event.
For information on bus routes/times or alternative ways to get to the event you can visit our Information Centre where a member of the team will be able to assist you.


Bemerton Heath Centre

The Bemerton Heath Centre, is run and funded by Salisbury City Council, and based on Pinewood Way within Bemerton Heath and is a place for the whole community.

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The Centre was set up as a venue to provide advice, information and services and as an outreach centre to deliver adult education, promote social inclusion, provide a focal point for the community and offer a place for residents to meet. The Centre’s aims are achieved through a series of regular classes, activities and special events. These include adult education courses, youth clubs, after school activities clubs, over 60s lunch clubs and drop in services. Volunteers, both residents and non-residents of Bemerton Heath, are always welcome to join us to help expand our activities.

To view our most recent newsletter click here

Bishopdown Fun Day

Bishopdown Fun Day due to be held on 14th August 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled.
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Enjoy a free family day out on your doorstep brought to you by the Communities Team at Salisbury City Council. 

Enjoy activities, workshops, enterntainment and much more at Bishopdown Sports Field.