Local Elections 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 a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for the Parish Council. Make a change and become a councillor.
Here, you will find everything you need to know. We explain what local councils and councillors do, how you can become a councillor, details of the role and what to expect.
Join the Parish Council - 3 vacant seats up for co-option
At the close of nominations on 8th April, there were fewer nominations than available seats on the Parish Council, and therefore the candidates shown in the Notice of Uncontested Election Clive Parish Council have been duly elected unopposed. They took up office on 10th May 2021. Out of the 8 available seats, there are now three vacant seats, and the Parish Council has the right to co-opt members to fill the three vacant seats within 35 days of the date of the election.
Local councils can only be as helpful, connected and energetic as the people elected to run them, so we need councillors who are capable, enthusiastic, and engaged to reflect their communities. Read more in the "What do Local Councils and Councillors do" section below.
NB: After the election, ALL candidates, whether elected or not, will need to submit an elections expenses return and declaration to the Returning Officer. Download the candidate spending forms, declaration, and guidance notes. This must be submitted within 28 calendar days of the election.
Local (parish and town) councils and councillors make a massive difference to local people's quality of life. They are passionate about their communities and seek to make a change to help improve their residents' lives.
Different 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 traffic calming measures, solar panels, setting up dementia-friendly groups, organising community 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 community, so you must either live or work in the council area. Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents' lives. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.
If you want to know more about what it is like to be a councillor, watch the YouTube recording from NALC's #MakeAChange event, hosted by Times Radio presenter Matt Chorley, with a panel of councillors from across the country, as well as viral sensation Jackie Weaver (Chief Officer at Cheshire Association of Local Councils). We also recommend reading the Good Councillors' Guide as an introduction to what being a local councillor involves.
Other election results
Shropshire County Council
Cllr Simon Jones was re-elected to the Shawbury ward for Shropshire Council. View the Declaration of Election Result for Shropshire Council Shawbury ward.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner election
John Campion was re-elected as West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. View Election Results for West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner on Shropshire Council's website.