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Elections are scheduled for all parish, town, and city councils in the Wiltshire area on 6th May 2021

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 The polls will all take place on Thursday 6th May 2021 and polling stations will be open between 7am and 10 pm.

All existing councillors cease to be councillors and will have to be nominated for election if they wish to stand again for the next term (2021-2025)

A timetable of relevant and specific dates can be found at https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/media/4911

It includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • 29th March 2021 (no later than) – Publication of Notice of Election

  • 8th April 2021 – Candidates have from the date stated on the notice of election up to 4 pm on Thursday 8th April to submit nomination papers

  • 8th April 2021 – Deadline for withdrawal of nomination (4pm)

  • 9th April 2021 – Publication of Statement of Persons nominated

  • 27th April 2021 – Publication of Notice of Poll

  • 6th May 2021 – Day of Poll

  • The previous council stands down on 10th May (4 days after polling day) and the new council takes office on the same day.

 

Within 14 days of the new council taking office, the annual meeting of the council must be held. The first business of this meeting is the appointment of Chairman.

To be able to stand for election (or co-option) to a local council, an individual must meet certain qualifications (by law). They must be:

  • Over 18 and a UK, Commonwealth, ROI, or EU Citizen and

  • An elector for the parish, or

  • For the last 12 months, have occupied land or premises in the parish, or

  • Work in the parish (principal or only place of work), or

  • Live within 3 miles of the parish boundary

    Someone cannot stand for election, if at the time of their nomination and on polling day:

  • They are employed by the parish/community council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees).

  • They are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.

  • They have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.

  • They have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations). a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for five years.

    There is guidance for candidates and nomination forms at
    www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-council- elections-england
    Candidates are also advised to check the relevant principal authority website:
    www.wiltshire.gov.uk/Elections-2021
Candidates need to have two subscribers (a proposer and a seconder) and will need to advise them that they will require their Electoral Register number and how it will be used (for GDPR purposes). This information will be in the nomination form and candidate pack.

Nomination papers have to be delivered in person. Wiltshire Council is encouraging appointments to do this and has created a booking system – see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-town-parish for details.

Will a poll take place for the local council election in Atworth?

It depends. If, by 8th April only the same number, or fewer candidates than there are seats on the council have been nominated, they will be elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than there are seats on the council – it will go to the poll on 6th May.

How is the current Coronavirus situation affecting the elections?

Government has produced a polls’ delivery plan which can be read at www.gov.uk/government/publications/may-2021-polls-delivery-plan and each principal authority is putting plans in place for the safety of polling stations and the count.

 

Wiltshire Council Local Plan Review – March 2021

https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-policy-local-plan-review-consultation

Wiltshire Council are undertaking a consultation to inform the preparation of the Wiltshire Local Plan Review, with the draft plan due to be completed towards the end of 2021. The topics covered include:

  • How growth (additional new homes and employment land) is distributed around the county (‘Emerging Spatial Strategy’ paper)
  • Levels of growth, potential locations for development and place shaping priorities for each of the county’s main settlements (documented in a series of ‘Planning for’ papers for each Market Town and Principal Settlement)
  • Improving the framework for rural communities to meet housing needs (‘Empowering Rural Communities’ paper)
  • The opportunity to inform proposals about how the council’s planning policies can be shaped to address climate change and biodiversity net gain (‘Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Net Gain through the Local Plan – raising the ambition’ paper)

Atworth Parish Council was invited to respond to the Empowering Rural Communities paper. A copy of the council’s response may be found here:

Our near neighbours Melksham Without Parish Council and Melksham Town Council also responded to the Market Town paper. Their response may be found here:

Agenda – 17th February 2021 Meeting

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the agenda for the 17th February 2021 meeting of Atworth Parish Council, which will be taking place via Zoom.

Topic: February 2021 Atworth Parish Council Meeting
Time: Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM London

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APC Agenda 17 February 2021

 

P.C.E. McMullen, Clerk