Stand for Election as a Borough Councillor

Do your bit for the Community

If you care about what happens in your local area, are interested in making a real difference, like getting involved and want to have your say - then you should consider standing for election as a Borough Councillor.

The next Borough Council Elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Standing as a Councillor

What's involved?

As a Councillor you will be the voice of your constituents, with the opportunity to shape the future direction of Elmbridge and be an ambassador for the Council. You will also have the opportunity to help and support your local constituents on a variety of issues

Becoming a local Councillor is a rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to help your local community and is a great way to help you contribute to decisions that will develop and define Elmbridge for future years.

The Council is responsible for a range of services, including building control, planning, housing, environmental health, licensing, community safety, community support, waste collection, recycling, leisure and cultural services. View the A-Z of Services to see all the Council is involved in.

Members also have a key role to play in working with the police, health and other bodies in the public and private sector in order to achieve improvements for the area.

You may want to look at the agendas and minutes of recent meetings to get an idea of the decisions Councillors are involved in. You would also be more than welcome to attend a meeting! The national 'Be A Councillor' website provides information for anyone thinking of becoming a Councillor, including personal profiles.

An overview of what is involved in becoming a Councillor is available and if you would like further information, please contact Democratic Services on 01372 474474 or via e-mail:

What support will be given?

The Council provides a comprehensive induction programme for newly elected Councillors and other development opportunities throughout the year, including training on issues such as planning, finance matters and helping constituents. Members are also offered support with IT facilities. The Executive and Member Services Division operates a 'one stop shop' to help Members with any queries and every Member is provided with a personal copy of the comprehensive Members' Handbook, providing useful information and reference points in respect of:
An independent panel. The allowance payable varies according to the roles and responsibilities of a individual Member. There is also a Members' Room available for Members' use. The Civic Centre is an accessible building and the Executive and Member Services Division would be happy to discuss any extra support or adjustments that could be made to help meet a Councillor's specific needs.

What if you already are in employment?

Most employers are prepared, within reason, to grant some time off for Council work. You should discuss this with your employer before making the commitment.

The majority of Council meetings are held in the evening to maximise the opportunity for those in full-time employment to attend.

Who can stand?

Any British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is 18 years of age or over and who lives or works in the Borough can stand as a candidate. The Council aims to be representative of the Borough we serve, and therefore welcomes candidates from all walks of life, including candidates from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and younger members of the community, who are currently under-represented on the Council. Candidates can be affiliated to a particular political party, or can be independent. No deposit is required.

In order to stand for elections, a candidate must submit a nomination paper signed by ten electors for the electoral ward, together with consent to nomination, by the statutory deadline. Additional requirements apply if you wish to stand on behalf of a registered political party, and it would be advisable to contact the party you wish to represent well in advance of the election to discuss their requirements.

Nomination papers and candidates' packs including details of requirements and the electoral process are available from the Electoral Services Team approximately two months before an election.

More detailed information regarding election requirements is also available online.

Member Development

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Please note: The next opportunity to stand for election in most wards will be May 2018. By-elections may also occur from time to time. For more details on all forthcoming elections, please visit the Electoral Services webpages.