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 with two further sessions held on Thursday 22nd November
at Holybourne Village Hall at 7pm and on Tuesday 15th January at Alton Rugby
Club at 7pm.
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.