A total of 25 Councillors are needed for the new Northampton Town Council, which will be the largest town council in the country when it becomes fully operational on 1 April this year.
Candidates are invited to stand for election to become a Councillor representing each of the 21 wards covered by the new council and must submit their nomination paper to West Northamptonshire Electoral Services by 4pm on 8 April.
The town council has an overall responsibility for representing the local community, improving quality of life in the area, and delivering services to meet local needs. These services could include allotments, local open spaces, public and civic events, the market and community schemes.
Town councillors are required to attend council meetings and committees, liaise with community groups and local organisations, such as residents’ associations, meet with statutory bodies like the police, and support and represent the residents in their wards.
Richard Walden, Acting Town Clerk of Northampton Town Council, said: “The role of a town councillor is incredibly varied, and I would encourage anyone who is passionate about making a difference in their local community to consider standing for election.
“This is a brand-new town council, and the largest in the country, so it’s a really exciting time to be getting involved and to help set the style and direction of the Council’s activities.”
Residents in each ward will elect their town councillor during the local elections, which are taking place on 6 May.
Anyone wishing to stand for election should email ElectoralRegistration.NBC@westnorthants.gov.uk or call 01604 837111 to request a nomination paper.
An online briefing session for potential candidates will take place on Wednesday, 3 March, from 5.30pm and places can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01327 302326.
Further information about the town council, including a list of the 21 wards can be found on www.northamptontowncouncil.gov.uk.