Council judgement day?
One of the most interesting elections since the Tory Local Plan shambles is that involving the current Labour Local Plan shambles. The anger caused by this plan is evident. And some main participants in creating the plan will be judged. Scott ward will be of interest. Two Aughton wards, Knowsley, Derby, Birch Green, all catching the eye.
On Thursday 2 May 2019 voters in West Lancashire will be going to the Polls to elect Councillors for their area. West Lancashire Borough Council and 10 local Parish Councils are holding elections on 2 May 2019 and new candidates are able to stand in them if they meet the eligibility criteria. There will be 18 seats contested in this year’s Borough Council elections, one in each of the 18 Borough Wards, and 81 seats across the Parishes that are up for election.
Councillors have three main roles
To represent the people in their local area and listen to their views; To make decisions about how the Council is run, what services should be provided, and how money is spent; To provide community leadership, so for example enabling different organisations to work together to make their area a better place.
Briefings for people interested in being a candidate or agent are taking place on 11 March 2019 at12:30pm and 5:30pm in the Council Chamber at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.
Returning Officer for these elections said “The events will cover what you need to know about the election process. There will also be the opportunity to speak informally to Electoral Officers after the event. People who are interested in standing are invited to come along to one of the briefings.
“There are no set qualifications or experience required to be a Councillor. For example, skills gained through raising a family, volunteering or being active in faith or community groups are just as valuable as skills gained in employment or training. The role is a responsible position which allows you to make a real difference to the area you represent”.
You could even stand on a ticket to make yourself redundant within a year or so, by being a candidate with a policy to reduce the 54 elected members to 36, making huge savings for council tax payers. A slimmed down council for slimmed down services, what a great manifesto?