Elections 2019

Below are the results of the UNCONTESTED Election 2019.  

A contested election occurs when there are more candidates than there are available seats on the Committee, and the voters choose which ones will be elected. An uncontested election occurs when the number of open seats on the Committee is equal to, or greater than the number of candidates. 

Slaugham Parish is four villages over two wards with 13 seats, 10 for Handcross & Pease Pottage in the Balcombe Ward and 3 for Slaugham and Warninglid in the Bolney ward.  

Slaugham & Warninglid   -  Handcross & Pease Pottage

Would you like to join the Parish Council and make a difference in your Community .The elections will be held on 2nd May 2019.

Becoming a Councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents and local groups. 

Being a councillor

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects, you will become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support - a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. 

Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents and the Council. These will all make legitimate demands on a councillor’s time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives. Before you consider becoming a councillor you may want to discuss it with your family and friends to make sure they understand what you are taking on. You will need their support as you’ll have to spend some of your spare time on council business.  

For further details, please contact a Councillor, or the Parish Clerk. A guide to Parish Councils and Election FAQ can be found here. You can also contact the Electoral Services Team at Mid Sussex District Council https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections-voting/ 

Alternatively, you can visit the Electoral Commissions website. This webpage contains all the guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate at a parish or community election in England.

Training

You will receive guidance from your fellow members and the Clerk to the Council.

You will also be offered Training using The Surrey and Sussex Associations of Local Councils (SSALC) represents the interests of its 316 member Local Councils across East and West Sussex and Surrey. Surrey and Sussex ALCs are affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). The role of the Association is to train represent and encourage its member Councils to ensure the first tier of local government has a voice.

Eligibility

To stand for election on a parish council, you must: 

  • be a UK or Commonwealth citizen
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union
  • be at least 18 years old

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • be an elector of the parish
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work)
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary

If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Parish Council's Code of Conduct. 

Meetings

The main Council meetings are usually once a month, to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on what’s on the agenda. Some councils may also have adopted committees that deal with specific subjects, where recommendations will be made for Councils consideration. The Commitees often set their own public meetings to discuss subjects such as Planning.

Length of service

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

It doesn’t mean that you have to stay for four years, if you find it’s not for you or you can no longer meet the commitment you can stand down.

Slaugham Parish Council meet on the last Thursday of the month,  every month except August and December. We also have a range of Committees that work across a variety of different areas as mentioned, there is something for everyone. 

You can also visit  the National Association for Local Councils  https://www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

To download a nomination pack please visit https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/