Voting for the European Parliament will take place on 23 May 2019. Cotswold District is part of the South West Region of the UK, which will return six MEPs.
In order to be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register.
If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at this election, your application to register must be recieved by midnight on Tuesday 7 May. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Cotswold District Council’s Elections Team for a paper form.
If you are not sure whether you are on the electoral register, please telephone 01285 623002 to check.
Poll cards will be sent out to all registered electors on 23 April 2019.
If you can’t make it to the polling station on polling day, you can choose postal or proxy voting.
Visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk for details on how to register or to apply for postal and proxy voting.
The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process.
Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday 2 May.
For information on how to vote, see:
At the polling station
- Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on election day.
- You don’t need to take the poll card to the polling station, but it speeds up the process if you do.
- Tell the staff your name and address or give them your poll card.
- The staff will check the details on the Register of Electors and give you your ballot paper.
- The ballot paper lists the candidates and how many you can vote for.
- A large print of the ballot paper is available for you to look at before you vote and there is also a Tactile Voting Device which can help you mark your ballot paper.
- Go to one of the voting booths and put a cross (X) on the ballot paper next to the candidate(s) you’re voting for
- Take the ballot paper back to the staff and place it in the ballot box.
- If you need help with any part of the voting process, just ask the staff.
The Notices of Election for the District and Town/Parish elections on 2nd May 2019 have been published. If you would like to stand for election as a councillor, nominations can be received between 9am and 5pm on any working day from 19 March through to the deadline of 4pm on 3 April.
Candidates are reminded that all nomination papers must be hand delivered to Cotwold District Council’s Cirencester office – delivery can be made by someone on behalf of the candidate if necessary.
The elections team will be available to check nomination papers as and when candidates arrive, and encourage candidates to wait while they do this – they will be as quick as possible!
If you have any queries relating to the nomination or election process, please contact the elections team on 01285 623002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the resignation of Bryon Hadley, a vacancy has arisen for a councillor in the Parish of Northleach with Eastington.
As this vacancy occurred within six months of the ordinary elections, an election cannot be held. Instead the seat will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors to be held on 2 May 2019.
The Parish Council may choose to fill the vacancy by co-option for the period until that election.
In May and June, three of our councillors stepped down from the Council. The Town Council filled the first of its two vacancies last month following the resignations of Laurie Colton and Will Rayner in May and are delighted to welcome Rob Platts and Emma Nevins as our new councillors.
Please find below the third vacancy notice following the resignation of Phil Waters. If no election is called, we will look to co-opt a new councillor in the next few months.
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk
The Town Council currently has three vacancies for councillors and are hoping to fill these seats at the next Council meeting on Wednesday 25th July.
The Council has wide ranging responsibilities, making decisions for residents on a very local level. Responsibilities include the Westwoods Centre, the Pavilion and playing field, play areas and water meadow, most of the Town’s grass cutting, the Cemetery and the allotments. In addition we liaise with Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council over issues that affect the town.
We also have ad hoc subcommittees and working groups. Over the last few years these have included the community litter pick, play area project, MUGA working group and winter planning.
There are certain criteria in order to apply. You must be:
- British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
- At least 18 years old
- Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election or appointment.
If you would like more information please contact the Clerk or one of the councillors whose details are on the notice boards in town or on the website www.northleach.gov.uk.
To be considered, please send your expression of interest to the Clerk by Monday 23rd July. The easiest way to do this is by emailing email@example.com but you could also write to us or call 01451 861499.