Stratton Audley Parish Council are due for elections in May this year and the good news is that we have been given approval by the District Council to increase our number by two, so that there are seven vacancies in total.
We have done this to try and broaden our demographics on the council to reflect those of the community as a whole. A Councillor is required to attend meetings once a month and perhaps take on responsibility for a particular area or interest. Meetings usually last 2 hours and oare light-hearted and seldom heated! Why not come along and observe a meeting to see what you think?
For those of you who are not familiar with the procedure, elections for all places are held every four years and any resident on the electoral role over the age of 18 is eligible and able to put their name forward to join the Parish Council.
An uncontested election occurs when the required number of places are filled by those putting their name forward. An election occurs where more than the stipulated number of places are capable of being filled, and in this case the cost to the Parish Council will be in the region of £900 for Cherwell District Council to set up a formal voting booth in the village and administer the proceedings. Whilst the Parish Council does not wish to hold a costly election, it is incumbent upon us to make clear that this facility is available in the event of demand outstripping supply.
Please feel free to contact and discuss your interest with any existing Parish Councillor, contact details by clicking on this link: https://strattonaudley.org/parish-council-2/parish-council/
Nomination papers will be available in March from the Clerk who can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Nomination papers will need to be returned by a specified date in early April. the Parish Council will confirm when it is aware of the timetable.
So maybe it is time to come out of the shadows and play a more active role in your community!