Town Council Elections

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.

Please click here for a copy of the Good Councillors Guide, produced by the National Association of Local Councils.