Town Council Elections 2019

The next Town Council elections will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 when Altonians will be able to vote for the people they wish to represent them for the period 2019 - 2023

The only legal requirement to be a councillor are as follows. You must be:

1.British, from the Commonwealth or the EU

2.At least 18 years old

3.Registered to vote in the area or have lived/worked/owned property there for a year

You are ineligible to stand as a councillor if you currently work for Alton Town Council, hold a politically restricted post,have been previously convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice or have been sentenced to prison for three months or more during the five years before election.

Many councillors are members of political parties, but there is no obligation to do so – independent candidates are just as welcome. 

You do not need any formal qualifications to be a good councillor, just skills and experiences that best represent your local community. Examples of these could include, skills gained through volunteering or working with community groups.

You need to be well organised and someone who can apply themselves to problems. You will also need to be able to communicate well with a wide range of public and professional bodies.

In preparation for next year's local elections, Alton Town Council is going out and about, running a series of Election Roadshows. The first of these was held on Tuesday 16th October at Alton Social Bowls Club, Chawton Park Road from 7pm - 8.30pm.

The next sessions will be held on Thursday 22nd November at Holybourne Village Hall at 7pm and on Tuesday 15th January at Alton Rugby Club at 7pm.

We will also be at the New Directions Fair at Alton College on Friday 26th October and at the Yuletide Weekend on the 1st & 2nd December if anyone would like to drop into our stall for a chat.

We would be happy to come and talk to any local group or organisation who is interested in hearing more about the Council, its roles and responsibilities and the realities of being a councillor! Alternatively do drop into the Town Hall for a chat with the Town Clerk 

If you think you may be interested in standing for election next May, we would love you to come along and hear a short presentation on what we do and some of the projects we have delivered over the last four years to give you an idea of what the role of a Town Councillor entails. The presentation will be followed by a very informal session over light refreshments where you can speak to council officers and Members and ask any questions you may have.

 We would stress that these are really casual sessions; you are certainly not required to commit at this stage but just to get a feel for the role and see whether you think you might like to represent your community next year. All welcome!

Please click here for a copy of the Council Leader's presentation introducing Alton Town Council as shown at the "Election Roadshows" 
Please click here for a copy of the Good Councillors Guide, produced by the National Association of Local Councils.  



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