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Elections 2017 - Information Event on 1st March
20th February 2017

Elections for Town and Parish Councils will be held on 4th May 2017. At the election, Clun Town Council with Chapel Lawn will have  7 vacant seats for councillors for Clun ward and 2 vacancies for councillors for Chapel Lawn ward.

The Town Council represents the community in a wide range of ways and manages a number of services on behalf of the community. Examples include:

  • Clun public toilets, cemetery and 36 street lights
  • Custodian of the Town Hall which is leased to Clun Museum Trust
  • Commenting on planning applications
  • Shaping planning policy - Shropshire Council is currently reviewing the Local Plan and the Town Council is an important consultee in this process. We are also about to review the Parish Plan.
  • Giving grants to local organisations
  • Representing the community on issues of importance to the community
  • Shropshire Council is seeking to run and fund local services differently and it is really important that local people are involved in the decision making process
  • Your ideas? As part of their role, councillors can put forward ideas for consideration by Council.

What will I do if I’m elected?

  • Represent the community
  • Attend council meetings - approximately monthly
  • Raise matters that the council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
  • Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
  • Participate in the council’s decision making process
  • Represent the council externally e.g. on the LJC

It is important to understand that whilst councillors are encouraged to represent the community and bring froward ideas, individual councillors cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council as individiuals - the Council acts as a single body.

Who is eligible?

The law specifies that any person over the age of 18 who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, The European Community or the Commonwealth can be a councillor if they are an elector in, work in, live in or live within three miles of the area of the local council is eligible.  Certain circumstances will mean that an individual may be “disqualified” from standing; check with your council if unsure.

We understand that many people may not have been a councillor before and this is not a problem. Training and support will be available for those elected - the basic training normally takes a few hours.

Interested?

We will be holding an open event on 1st March at 7-7.30pm at Haslehurst Close Community Room where you can have an informal chat to the Clerk and existing council and ask any questions you may have. A poster with details of the event is attached to this post.

If you cannot make the event, please feel free to contact the Clerk or any councillor for more information. The Clerk can be contacted at clunclerk@live.co.uk or on 01743 741611.

 

 

 

     

     

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