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May 2021 Local Elections

28th January 2021 / News, News-HP

Notice of Election

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? You can register to vote if you are:
• 16 years old or over (you can only vote once you are 18)
• a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
• an EU citizen resident in the UK
• A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.

Not registered? Click HERE to register.

You can vote in person at a Polling Station on voting day, by post or by proxy where someone votes on your behalf.

Alternatively, you may prefer to cast your vote from home this year. Apply for postal voting HERE.

Elections

Town and Parish Council elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Local Councillors are elected in 4-year terms by the local community to represent its views. The elections in May will decide the 24 Chippenham Town Councillors who will represent Chippenham residents for the next 4 years.

You can find more information regarding the 2021 timetable for elections in England HERE.

Role of a Councillor

To be able to stand as a candidate at a Parish Council election in England or a community council election in Wales you must:
• be at least 18 years old
• be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and meet at least one of the following four qualifications, which you can find HERE.

Councillors are elected to represent their local community, so you must either live within the Chippenham boundary or within 3 miles of the town boundary.
There may be many reasons why you’d like to become a Councillor, which include:
• Pursue your political ambitions and contribute to your community
• Represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account
• To make a difference and help shape the future of the local community
• Work with representatives of local organisations, interest groups and businesses

At Chippenham Town Council you would be a Town Councillor, which is different to the Unitary Council, Wiltshire Council. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Councillor for Wiltshire Council then click HERE.

The requirements of a Chippenham Town Councillor are to attend meetings of Full Council, and a minimum of one other Standing Committee on a regular basis. These meetings usually take place on Wednesday or Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm and are currently taking place virtually via the Zoom platform.

Councillors can sit on other Committees, Sub-Committees, Working Parties, Steering or Advisory Groups which have differing requirements and levels of commitment. Councillors at Chippenham Town Council are entitled to receive a Parish Basic Allowance, during 2019-2020 this was £1342.00 per year.

See below for a flow chart to demonstrate the structure of Committee Meetings from Full Council – Committee – Sub Committee – Working Party.

Committee structure flow chart

Chippenham Town Council currently has 23 Councillors, with one current vacancy in Hardenhuish, one of the eight wards of Chippenham.

See the full list of our current Town Councillors HERE.

Map of wards within Chippenham

Please note that the map above is of the most recent boundary review, which will come into force at the local elections in May 2021.

Street names for all wards in Chippenham from May 2021

Cepen Park and Derriads

Cepen Park and Hunters Moon Ward

Hardenhuish Ward

Lowden & Rowden Ward

Monkton Ward

Pewsham Ward

Sheldon Ward

Hardens & Central Ward

 

Find out more on how to become a Councillor on the Local Government Association (LGA) website HERE and on the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) website HERE.

Role of Chippenham Town Council

Chippenham Town Council forms the second tier of local government, after Wiltshire Council, who are the Unitary Council. One of the country’s largest and most active Town Councils in the UK, working within a considered, democratic framework which is prudent, transparent and respectful of each other and the local community.

The role of the Town Council is to ensure Chippenham is a thriving community and a healthy, vibrant and attractive place in which to work, live and visit. The Town Council does this by working collaboratively, not only as an ambitious and committed team of Councillors and Officers, but also with a range of external strategic partners.

The Town Council is committed to provide excellence in the services and facilities which it delivers, aiming to be responsive, innovative and straightforward in our approach; which is both visible and accessible.

Some of our services and facilities we provide include:
• The Neeld Community & Arts Centre
• Stanley Park Sports Ground
• Chippenham Museum
• Yelde Hall
• The Town Hall
• Friday & Saturday Market
• John Coles Park & Monkton Park
• 13 Play Areas & 4 Multi Use Games Areas
• Grounds Maintenance across Chippenham

For the full list of services and facilities we provide to the community of Chippenham click HERE.

To view the Corporate Strategic Plan 2018-2022 click HERE