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MAKE A CHANGE – become a local Councillor

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What does the Parish Council Do?

Your council has an overall responsibility for the wellbeing of your local community.  Their work covers:

  • Improving quality of life for residents
  • Giving communities a democratic voice
  • Representing the village in local issues
  • Being the main point of contact with District and County Services


As a local councillor you can become a voice for your community and make real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve.  Local councillors have three main responsibilities:

  • Decision-making
  • Monitoring
  • Getting involved locally


To stand for council you must:

  • Be a UK or Commonwealth Citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant; or work in the area the local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.

The window for submitting your nomination papers is from 26thMarch and the final date and time for their receipt in the elections office will be 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Nomination papers must be delivered in person to the council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton OX14 4SB.

You can find guidance if you are considering standing for election here.

Further information and nomination forms can be obtained from the clerk.

Credit: Information has been adapted from the current NALC election posters which also use this image.