HOW WILL OUR NEXT PARISH COUNCIL TAKE SHAPE

The deadline has now passed for possible candidates to submit nomination papers for inclusion in the forthcoming elections.
This website page will follow the forthcoming election campaign closely during the coming weeks


All candidates will be offered the opportunity to introduce themselves here on this page and highlight
what it is they hope to be able to contribute to our village and community.


We wish every candidate well and we thank them all for making this election possible.






THANK YOU FOR VOTING

A NEW COUNCIL - A NEW BEGINNING FOR TEMPLECOMBE

We have an opportunity to elect a new Parish Council who will be able to serve in the knowledge that they truly represent the people they serve.

Our community will need to support our council members and trust in their decision making.

Be sure to vote on Thursday 2nd May

Hopefully we can elect eleven good people who will be prepared to engage and listen. Will be prepared to be contactable and answer questions. Listen to ideas and suggestion. Get out and about between meetings and show an interest and contribute to community activity and initiatives.
Where and When to Vote

Polling in Templecombe will be on Thursday 2nd May 2019 in the URC Hall, Hight Street, Templecombe.

Polling will begin at 7:00am and end at 10:00pm.

ON POLLING DAY

Voters will be given two ballot papers

One is for our South Somerset District Council where voters may pick up to two candidates for the Blackmore Vale ward.

The other is where voters are electing the WHOLE Parish Council for Abbas & Templecombe.
14 names will be on the ballot paper and voters may chose up to 11 of the names on the paper

This is very different from the ballot paper of a general election. If a voter marks 12 or more candidates the vote will be void. It is fine to mark 11 or less.

Try to plan ahead who of the 14 you wish to vote for. If you only understand what 3 are offering then only vote for for those 3. Have they provided enough agreeable information? Does this hold with what you already know? Check things out if in any doubt. It should be fine to ask any candidate any direct questions or express concerns? Be polite and curtious and no one should object.

This election should happen every four years but has not happened here since at least 1999, possibly a lot longer. This is our opportunity to say how we wish to represented for the coming 4 years. Very well worth a little thought and a small amount of time on Thursday 2nd May.

SSDC
What happens in the polling booth?


After arriving at the polling station which appears on your poll card, you’ll need to speak to the election staff at the desk. Tell them your name and address.

They will mark the register to show you have voted and give you the ballot paper(s) you are entitled to.

You will need to go to one of the empty polling booths and mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper(s), opposite the name of each candidate you are voting for. Make sure you put no other mark or writing on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted. Fold the ballot paper(s) to keep your vote secret.

Go back to the desk and show the election staff the numbering on the back of the ballot paper, before you put the ballot paper(s) in the ballot box and leave the polling station.

Our staff at the polling stations are there to help you and if you need any assistance (for instance someone to read you the list of candidates) they will be happy to do this for you.
To avoid any misunderstanding

I, David Seares of 12 The Hamlet, Templecombe BA8 0HJ, am the owner and manager of this webpage and website.
I am also a candidate in the forthcoming local election to be held on 2nd May.
I will be promoting myself and printing my own campaign documents



THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS SECTION OF THE PAGE WILL BE PROVIDED DIRECTLY BY EACH INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE IF THEY SO WISH.

All 14 candidates are offered an opportunity to have an election campaign flyer posted here. The content of each should comply with any campaign regulations and Best Practice guidelines. This website will not be accountable for any content within each item posted.

No fees are payable for a candidate entry on this page. This is a community focussed website and no financial or other gain will be made from any entry on this page.


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THE INFORMATION BELOW WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO HELP PEOPLE DECIDE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO STAND FOR ELECTION AS A PARISH COUNCILLOR


TIMETABLE
For local elections

Publication of Election Notice Tue 26 Mar
Delivery of Nomination Papers Wed 03 Apr 4:00pm
Withdrawals of Nomination Wed 03 Apr 4:00pm
Publication of persons nominated Thu 04 Apr 4:00pm
Application for a postal vote Mon 15 Apr 5:00pm
Publication of notice of poll Wed 24 Apr
Polling Day Thu 02 May 7:00am to 10:00pm

This list is intended as a guide and all information should be checked on the appropriate websites or formal publications
NALC Timetable for Elections

COMMENTS FROM SALC PAGES
Somerset Association of Local Councils
Local councillors decide on what services and projects the council will deliver.
Local councils are encouraging residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election.
Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a local councillor? Contact your local council and stand for election now.
Engaging with your community is vital when it comes to recruiting residents to stand in your local elections.
NALC’s Diversity Commission is encouraging all local councils to engage with as many audiences from their community as possible.
NALC’s Diversity Commission believes this will enhance local councils through the diversity of experiences, diversity of skills and diversity of knowledge. This will also help local councils become more representative of the communities they serve.

WHEN WILL OUR CURRENT PARISH COUNCIL CEASE TO EXIST AND WHEN WILL THE NEW BEGIN?

If on the 4th April if it is known that 12 or more candidates are standing for election
At the end of the Parish Council meeting on the 9th April the current Parish Council will be dissolved.

If on the 4th April it is known that 11 or less candidates are standing for election
At the end of the Parish Council meeting on the 9th April the current Parish Council will be dissolved.

Our existing Parish Councillors who have put their names forward for election will continue in office and those nominees not currently members of the Parish Councillor will all be co-opted and become members of the new Parish Council at the May Meeting to be held on Tuesday 14th May. This is so long as they meet the necessary criteria which will be checked by District Council officers.

It is understood that in this instance our District Council (SSDC) do still have an option to demand an election is held but this scenario would be extremely unlikely.

In both instances
At the start of the meeting on Tuesday 14th May every member will be required to sign a declaration of acceptance of the office of Councillor. Only after signing this document do they become a Parish Councillor.


Parish councils deliver hugely important services which affect the lives of people every day. Being a Councillor means you can play a part in shaping those services and make a difference to people's lives. It's also about representing residents' views on a variety of issues and being a real voice for the community. "Be the Voice of Your Community" is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage potential community leaders in standing as a Councillor.

Want to be the voice of your community, make your community safer, ensure there are homes for everyone, help the environment and improve where you live? Then become a Councillor! Now is a great time to get involved.
ELIGIBILITY

To be able to stand as a candidate at a local government election in England and Wales you must be at least 18 years old and be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or citizen of any member state of the EU.

There are a few more qualifiers or disqualifiers. Please read the guide.
Can you stand for election

WHAT DO LOCAL COUNCILLORS DO?

From NALC website

Local councillors have three main areas of work:
1 Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2 Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3 Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.


The day-to-day work of a councillor may include:
Going to meetings of local organisations and community groups.
Going to meetings of bodies that affect the wider community, such as the police, the Highways Authority, schools and colleges.
Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public, such as making representations to the principal authority.
Running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.
Meeting with individual residents in their own homes.

NOMINATION DEADLINE
4:00pm WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL



The completed forms need to be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at South Somerset District Council offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT.

Download the Nomination Pack here.




Click to download the full nomination pack
FORMAL NOTICE OF ELECTION

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WE, THE ELECTORATE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY

We readily cast blame on our Parish Council when it suits us. If we ignore or turn a blind eye when not directly affected, then we are all to blame. This is our opportunity to show we care.

Hopefully we can elect eleven good people who will be prepared to engage and listen. Will be prepared to be contactable and answer questions. Listen to ideas and suggestion. Get out and about between meetings and show an interest and contribute to community activity and initiatives.

Much of this has been perceived to be missing from Templecombe in recent years.
A NEW COUNCIL - A NEW BEGINNING FOR TEMPLECOMBE

We have an opportunity to elect a new Parish Council who will be ably to serve in the knowledge that they truly represent the people they serve.

We will need to support our council members and trust in their decision making. Now is the time for caring individuals to come forward and demonstrate what they can do on our behalf.

USEFUL INFORMATIVE LINKS


The Electoral Commission England
National Association of Local Councils
Somerset Association of Local Councils


Facebook

Our Associated Facebook Group.
TEMPLECOMBE VILLAGE.


POLLING RESULTS
Friday 3rd May 2019

Released by the Returning Officer
South Somerset District Council

For the election of 11 parish councillors in the parish of Abbas & Templecombe on Thursday 2nd May 2019

Elected Votes
Sue Pumphrey 299
Geoff Wilson 253
David Robert Seares 234
Robin Michael Cave 221
Elizabeth Sarah Webb 220
Christopher John Gerard Hukins 217
Charles Arthur James 200
Allan Raymond Kerry 195
Graeme Allan Kerry 169
Stephen John Badger 154
Paula Denise Batchelor 145

Election Result

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS REPORT
Published May 2020

NALC has published its report on local (parish and town) council elections after undertaking the first national research of its kind.

The purpose of the report was to undertake extensive research and collect a pool of data that gives a better picture of the elections in 2019 that will help NALC shape future campaigns and create a range of resources to help local councils and county associations.

The research found that 53% of councils and councillors used social media to promote elections. 71% of councils want to pilot online voting, 62% would like the election candidate form simplified, 65% used NALC's resources, and 51% were aware of NALC's Make a Change campaign.

NALC is committed to supporting local councils, councillors and county associations to increase the numbers of candidates, raise the profile of councillors, delivery more local media coverage and to make the process simpler.

NALC collected data from local councils, councillors and county association across England over six months through a survey which had over 3,700 respondents. The data gathered explored behaviours, experiences, geography, size of councils and looked into who exactly is the average councillor.


NALC REPORT
LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019

SSDC NOTICE OF POLL
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