In May 2023, residents will head to the polls to elect their 15 town councillors – but only if people put themselves forward for election.
Elections are held for the 15 seats on the council every four years and the last full elections in May 2019 saw 14 councillors elected unopposed with one co-opted by the council a month later. With up to eight of the current councillors potentially not standing for re-election this year, the Town Council is keen to promote the opportunity of serving as a councillor and see contested elections across all five wards.
The Town Council is hosting two information evenings to help potential candidates decide if being a councillor is right for them.
The sessions will include an overview of what the council can and cannot do, the role of a town councillor and the process for standing for election. They will also include a Q&A with serving town councillors so residents can here just what the life of a town councillor actually is.
“Perhaps you aren’t sure what the role of a councillor involves, you want to know how it could work with your other commitments or you’re daunted by the election process – maybe you actually want to be standing for Cheshire East Council. These sessions aim to help you decide whether to stand this May” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.
The sessions take place at 7pm on Thursday 16th February and Monday 20th February in the Council Offices. The second session will also be livestreamed to Facebook.
Questions for the Q&A, about the role of being a councillor, can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or asked on the evening.