Make a change, become a local Councillor

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY


FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons
DATE:          31st January 2019

Shaftesbury Town Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in an area that is served by a local council

How can I get involved?
Shaftesbury Town Council is holding an information evening on Tuesday 12th February at 7pm in the Guildhall to provide more information about the council, being a councillor and how to apply. There will then be a drop-in session with current local councillors in the Mayors Parlour of the Town Hall between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 16th February – an informal opportunity to chat over a tea or coffee and understand a bit more about the role.

Contact Shaftesbury Town Council at to find out more or visit