Local Elections May 2021
Make a change become a Councillor
Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about specific issues and want to do something about them?
If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who relfect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.
What do local councils and councillors do?
Local (parish and town) councils and councillors make a difference to the quality of life of local poeple. They are passionate about their communities and seek to make a change to help improve the lives of their residents.
Local councils run numerous services, depending on the size of the council. Many you will see day-to-day, but some are less known. These include introducing solar panels, setting up dementia-friendly groups, organsiing commuity buses, creating neighbourhood plans, implementing suitable housing, establishing youth projects, managing allotments and open spaces, maintaining footpaths, public seating and litter bins.
Councillors are elected to represent the local commuity, so must either live or work in the council area. Becoming a coucillor is a rewarding experience as you will be in a psotion to make a change in your community to help improve the lives of residents. A councillor's role can include responsibilties such as developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reveiwing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and about what the council is doing.
How to become a councillor?
Local councils can only be as useful, connected and energetic as the people elected to run it, so we need councillors who are capable, enthusiatic and engaged to reflect their communities.
Buckinghamshire Election Information
Elections are still planned to go ahead on Thursday 6 May 2021, there has been no further update from Government
The following elections are due to take place:
Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
Buckinghamshire Council (all 147 seats)
Town and Parish Councils ( all 1200+ seats)
Neighbourhood Planning Referendums (x2)
Key Dates for Electoral Process
Monday 22 March
Publication of Notice of Election (local elections)
Monday 29 March
Publication of Notice of Election for PCC
Thursday 8 April, 4pm
Deadline for receipt of nomination papers (including withdrawals) and notification of appointment of election agent
Friday 9 April, 4pm
Names of candidates standing for election published
Monday 19 April
Deadline for registering to vote
Tuesday 20 April, 5pm
Postal Vote application deadline (including postal proxy)
Tuesday 27 April, 5pm
Proxy vote application deadline
Tuesday 27 April
Notice of Poll
Thursday 6 May
Polling Day 7am – 10pm
Thursday 6 May
Verification, 10.15pm *
Friday 7 May
Principal Election Count, 10am *
Friday 7 May/ Saturday 8 May (10am)
Town & Parish Council Counts. Will take place at the conclusion of the principal election count. *
Thursday 3 June
Delivery of return as to election expenses
*NB Provisional Date & Time