Chideock Parish Council
2019 Parish Elections
Parish Council Elections – 2 May 2019
Do you enjoy living in Chideock, and would you like to play a part in decision making for the village? If so, have you considered joining the Parish Council? The council needs a good mix of people living or working in the parish; 18 years and over, working age, or retired.
Do you possess any, all or some of the following skills?
Good at mediation, forward thinking, like helping others, enjoy lively debate, can make awkward decisions without fear or favour, interested in learning how some of our lives are run by others, have a large amount of common sense and can agree to disagree with others who may not share your views?
If your answer is YES to any of the above, why not share your skills to benefit the village? A Parish Council has few powers, but are the means by which those who do have power over our lives can be contacted and chased up on their responsibilities to their communities.
In May 2019 the 4-yearly Parish Council elections take place, plus elections to the new Dorset Council.
Chideock Parish Council usually meets once a month; extra meetings are only called over an urgent matter. Meetings are held at 10 am on the last Tuesday of the month. No meeting is held in August or December unless an urgent issue arises.
Training is provided by the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils and expenses are paid for travel costs made on behalf of the Parish Council.
Important Advice from WDDC Electoral Services
The new home address form (1b) is causing a lot of confusion. This has been introduced due to legislation being recently passed to remove the requirement for home addresses from ballot papers and notices. Both the candidate’s home address and the address relating to the qualifications on form 1c need to be included on the home address form. The Electoral Commission have advised that leaving this blank or writing ‘as above’ is not sufficient in the qualifying address box and a candidate must repeat their home address where this relates to qualifications a, b and d and/or the address of their place of work in the case of qualification c. This all sounds rather detailed but the nomination papers that we have seen for informal checks so far have all had inaccuracies on this particular form and would not be deemed to be valid. Whilst there is no requirement for clerks to do any checking of any nomination papers for their council, if you are doing so, please be aware of this. It has to be said that this form is something that is new to the Elections Team and has taken some effort to understand.