Are you interested in becoming a Town Councillor?
Horley Town Council is closest to the local community and represents the first of the three tiers of Local Government, which comprise Parish and Town Councils; Borough and District Councils and County Councils. Local Government Elections will take place on the 7 May 2015. If you are interested, this is how to stand for election as a Town Councillor for your local Horley ward.
Standing for election as a Town Councillor
Town and parish councillors are elected for a term of four years and must seek re-election at the next full elections if they wish to remain in office. To stand for election to a parish or town council if you must be:
- A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
- 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.
- You are registered as a local government elector for the parish for which you want to stand; or
- You have, for the whole 12 month period up to the date of the election, occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
- Your principal or only place of work during that same 12 months period has been in the parish; or
- You have during the whole of that same 12 month period resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of it.
Information on Local Councils
Horley Town Council has 18 elected councillors for 6 different wards. Its functions and responsibilities are listed on the main council page of this website
To find out more about the role of a town councillor please refer to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) website which provides these useful publications:
Other useful information
More general information on local government and elections can also be found at the following websites:
- Local Government Association (LGA) website - works with Councils to support, promote and improve Local Government.
- Be a councillor website.
The Electoral Commission has useful information and guidance on its website. Follow links for Guidance for candidates and if you wish to stand as an independent, also refer to the electoral commission guidance on standing as an independent candidate. A detailed timetable of the nomination procedure is available here.
Further details of the electoral process
For further details of the electoral process and for guidance in applying as a candidate you would need to contact Reigate & Banstead Borough Council which acts as the electoral authority for this area.
or write to:
tel: 01737 276794