As many Hoveton residents will be aware, elections for North Norfolk District Council are due to take place on 2nd May 2019, but what you may not know is that this date coincides with Parish Council elections, which take place every four years.
If you care about where you live and are passionate about your community, why not consider standing as a candidate in these elections? Parish councillors are champions of their community. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in our village – engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on projects for the Parish Council to take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure services are meeting the community’s needs. Being a parish councillor is a voluntary, part-time commitment that councillors typically manage around full or part-time jobs, family or other commitments. A recent survey found that parish councillors put aside, on average, three hours per week for parish council work. This includes attending meetings, engaging with residents, and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.
In order to qualify to be a parish councillor for Hoveton you must be a British citizen, eligible Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and you must be at least 18 years old. You’ll also need to be a local government elector for Hoveton Parish Council’s area or, during the whole of the previous twelve months: have occupied as owner or tenant land or premises in Hoveton Parish Council’s area, have had your principal or only place of work in Hoveton Parish Council’s area, or have lived in or within three miles of Hoveton Parish Council’s area.
Copies of the Guidance For Candidates for these elections along with a Nomination Pack containing the relevant forms can be found below. These forms can also be downloaded and further information about the elections found at www.electoralcommission.org.uk.
For anyone intending to stand at these elections, please note that completed nomination papers must be hand-delivered to North Norfolk District Council in Cromer by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April (further details regarding the submission window for nomination papers are included in the Notice of Election, which was published on 26th March).
To find out more about the parish elections, or about being a parish councillor, please visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections, or come along to one of Hoveton Parish Council’s meetings to find out how your Parish Council works and what’s involved in being a parish councillor in Hoveton.