Nominations for District and Parish Council Elections 2015

Nominations for councillors for Dacorum Borough Council (Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward) and Bovingdon Parish Council for the 7 May 2015 Elections have been published as follows:

DBC

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VE Day street parties

Hertfordshire County Council have agreed to waive the road closure fees for residents wanting to organise community street parties to commemorate the VE Day anniversary over the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 May.

The deadline for applications is 20 April.  All the details, and the application form, can be found at www.hertsdirect.org/streetparties

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Planning Committee meeting, 25 March 2015 – change of venue

Please note that the Planning Committee meeting will be held in The Bowls Club, High Street starting at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 25 March  and not in the Memorial Hall as previously published.

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Why not consider standing for election to become a Parish Councillor for Bovingdon?

How to become a Councillor

10 Councillors sit on Bovingdon Parish Council. As a Councillor, you will be responsible for representing the local community in matters including planning, outdoors activities, Parish finances and the Memorial Hall.

Councillors are elected for a term of four years.

Who can become a Councillor?

You can become a Councillor if you are:

  • over 18 years old;
  • Commonwealth citizen or citizen of the European Union
  • An elector and have resided in the parish or within three miles of it or occupied, as an owner or tenant, land or premises therein or have your principal place of work in the parish.

Do I need any qualifications?

You do not need a formal qualification to become a Councillor. Life experience is the most important asset that a Councillor can have, and Councillors often have transferrable skills from their jobs or volunteer work.

How much time will I need to give?

The time you will spend on Council duties will vary depending on how much you choose to take on.

As an example, you are likely to spend your time:

  • communicating with local residents;
  • attending meetings with parish office staff about issues raised by residents;
  • attending Parish Council and Committee meetings – usually held in the evening. You might be expected to attend approximately 14 meetings each year;
  • attending meetings of any outside bodies that you represent, for example, Friends of The Mount; and,
  • preparing for meetings.

If I am elected, will I get any support or training?

All newly elected Councillors will be offered training organised by the Hertfordshire Association of Parish & Town Councils. We will provide a welcome session and an introduction to the council for all new Councillors. You can also seek guidance and advice from existing Councillors.

Will I be paid to be a Councillor?

Parish Councillors do not receive a salary, although you are able to claim within reasonable limits, for any travelling costs and other expenses incurred in carrying out council business.

What do I do next?

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact Mike Kember, Parish Clerk on 01442 833036 or by e-mail parish.council@bovingdon.net

The local council elections will take place on Thursday 7th May 2015. The closing date for registering your interest as a candidate is by 4 p.m. on Thursday 9th April 2015. Nomination papers will be available from the Parish Office after 30th March 2015.

 

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Parish Council Elections – Timetable for 2015

 

Procedure No later than
Publication of notice of election Monday 30th March
Receipt of nomination papers and withdrawal of candidates Thursday 9th April 4 p.m.
Publication statement of persons nominated Friday 10th April
Notice of Poll Tuesday 28th April
Election Day Thursday 7th May
Result of the election As soon as practicable
New Councillors take office Monday 11th May
Annual Meeting of Bovingdon Parish Council Monday 18th May 7.30 p.m.
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