Make a difference, become a local Councillor

Published: 28 January 2019


Tilehurst Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union

• 18 years of age or older

• Live in or within 3 miles of the Tilehurst Parish Boundary

How can I get involved?

More information on how to stand for Election can be found within the documents below:

All About Local Councils – National Association of Local Councils
Guidance for Candidates – Can you stand for Election? – The Electoral Commission
Timetable for Local Elections in England: 2nd May 2019
Elections: who does what? - The Electoral Commission